Boscombe car wash owner Ibrahim Yousef found dead under bloody handprint by police searching for fatal crash victim, inquest told

UPDATED: Car wash owner found dead under bloody handprint by police searching for fatal crash victim, inquest told

Ibrahim Yousef

The scene of the fatal collision on the A350 in Wiltshire

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A BOSCOMBE man was found stabbed to death in his flat after rowing with a former employee, an inquest has heard.

Ibrahim Yousef, who owned the Five Star Carwash in Gloucester Road, died in his home following a violent argument with Valerijs Grigorjevs, police believe.

The suspect, of Heathcote Road in Boscombe, died just hours afterwards in a head-on collision with an articulated lorry in Wiltshire.

This morning, during an inquest into the deaths of the two men, it was heard that a bloodied handprint – identified as that of Latvian national Mr Grigorjevs – was discovered on the wall above Mr Yousef’s bed.

Tawana Eastwood, a business partner of Mr Yousef, also told the inquest that Mr Grigorjevs had arranged for a 25-year-old Latvian woman to visit Mr Yousef and be his girlfriend.

“He (Mr Yousef) paid her ticket, paid her money, he was expecting her to arrive in the UK at the airport on October 11,” he said.

“It didn’t happen.”

One neighbour, who cannot be named, said she heard “thudding” coming from Mr Yousef's flat on the evening of October 10 last year.

“I heard, 'Give me my money, give me my money' in an aggressive tone,” she said, adding that although she had believed the voice to be that of Mr Yousef, she may be mistaken.

The neighbour added that she heard between 10 and 20 sounds over the course of around 10 minutes.

“The banging was like someone's head being banged on the floor,” she said.

A Toyota Yaris owned by Mr Yousef was taken by Mr Grigorjevs, 27, following the attack.

The vehicle was captured on CCTV camera in Hampshire and Wiltshire during the evening, although Detective Inspector Marcus Hester of Dorset Police told the inquest that it appeared to be travelling “aimlessly”.

Shortly after 6.30am following morning, the Toyota – travelling at speed on the wrong side of the road - struck a lorry driven by Brian Linham.

The driver, who has held a licence for 50 years without ever being involved in a road traffic collision, told the coroner that the car had “no reason at all” to be in his lane of the carriageway.

Police later attended Mr Yousef's home – believing him to be the driver of the car – but found his body lying on the floor wrapped in a duvet.

The 42-year-old, who was born in Iraq, had been stabbed five times and suffered blunt impact trauma to the head in the moments before his death.

Dorset Coroner Sheriff Payne said he found that Mr Yousef had been unlawfully killed.

He added that Grigorjevs, who made no attempt to brake before the Toyota veered sharply into the path of the lorry, may have been impaired by drugs.

A toxicology report conducted following his death found he had taken heroin, cocaine and amphetamines.

Witnesses had also reported seeing the small car “dangerously” overtaking a string of vehicles before the collision took place.

The coroner said: “If I am going to come to a verdict that Mr Grigorjevs effectively committed suicide by vehicle, I have to be sure that he did deliberately intend to do this, and I cannot be sure.”

He recorded a narrative verdict into the death.

Did row break out over unpaid wages?

DI Hester said Mr Yousef employed a “transient” work force, who were paid between £23 and £35 daily.

“He was known to work his staff hard and his management style was described as fairly dictatorial,” he said.

“It wouldn’t be unusual to expect something in the region of £20 to be paid for someone doing a day’s work. We know Mr Grigorjevs left the previous day. It may be, and it is only an assumption, that he was asking for his last day’s wages.

“I can say from the investigation that forensically, and considering all other evidence, Mr Yousef would have appeared to have died unnaturally and Mr Grigorjevs is responsible.”

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12:54pm Wed 25 Jun 14

KitKatPuss says...

Whatever the circumstances being this incident I am so sorry that this man died in such a violent and awful way.....RIP
Whatever the circumstances being this incident I am so sorry that this man died in such a violent and awful way.....RIP KitKatPuss
  • Score: 13

12:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Understated says...

wow, pretty horriffic situation for those investigating this. and for the driver and neighbour
wow, pretty horriffic situation for those investigating this. and for the driver and neighbour Understated
  • Score: 10

12:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

muscliffman says...

All very sad and no doubt another one of those Boscombe 'isolated incidents' to which the area's Councillor Kelly refers - in yet another Boscombe stabbing article today!
All very sad and no doubt another one of those Boscombe 'isolated incidents' to which the area's Councillor Kelly refers - in yet another Boscombe stabbing article today! muscliffman
  • Score: 18

5:56pm Wed 25 Jun 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Bournemouth must be the most unpleasant dangerous over priced town in the country .And what do the council do ,nothing but argue about planning school places for local kids .travellers and expenses .the place is circling the plug hole of decency.
Bournemouth must be the most unpleasant dangerous over priced town in the country .And what do the council do ,nothing but argue about planning school places for local kids .travellers and expenses .the place is circling the plug hole of decency. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 1

9:35pm Wed 25 Jun 14

markelkins says...

The comments of Councillor Jane Kelly about the following (http://www.bournemo
uthecho.co.uk/news/1
1296007.UPDATE__Thre
e_arrested_after_man
_stabbed_in_Boscombe
/?ref=erec) just sum up why Boscombe is just not going to improve. These people in authority appear to live in a fantasy world where they want to believe that this place is normal. One assumes that they live in nice safe middle class housing somewhere and so assume that Boscombe is the same.

The reality is that Boscombe is a drug infested place full of petty criminals who have been able to migrate from other parts of the country due to the large amount of privately run but publicly funded social housing. Its a university of crime.

The answer to clean this up is to bring in teams of Police and possibly armed forces personnel with loads and loads of dogs to sniff out the drugs. Next set up special courts and then send the criminals to prison first and then from there back to whereever they came from so that their own communities can deal with their problems. Will this happen? Well not while local councillors don't face up to reality. No doubt as well the nice Tory/Liberal Democrat Government won't want to stump up the cost of this.

If nothing happens then I would suggest that as this University of crime expands we might end up with riots when the Police try and tackle incidents as happened in London in 2011.
The comments of Councillor Jane Kelly about the following (http://www.bournemo uthecho.co.uk/news/1 1296007.UPDATE__Thre e_arrested_after_man _stabbed_in_Boscombe /?ref=erec) just sum up why Boscombe is just not going to improve. These people in authority appear to live in a fantasy world where they want to believe that this place is normal. One assumes that they live in nice safe middle class housing somewhere and so assume that Boscombe is the same. The reality is that Boscombe is a drug infested place full of petty criminals who have been able to migrate from other parts of the country due to the large amount of privately run but publicly funded social housing. Its a university of crime. The answer to clean this up is to bring in teams of Police and possibly armed forces personnel with loads and loads of dogs to sniff out the drugs. Next set up special courts and then send the criminals to prison first and then from there back to whereever they came from so that their own communities can deal with their problems. Will this happen? Well not while local councillors don't face up to reality. No doubt as well the nice Tory/Liberal Democrat Government won't want to stump up the cost of this. If nothing happens then I would suggest that as this University of crime expands we might end up with riots when the Police try and tackle incidents as happened in London in 2011. markelkins
  • Score: 8

7:38am Thu 26 Jun 14

BournemouthMum says...

He used slave labour to run his car wash. I encountered him once because I'd stopped for 2 seconds over his driveway (to the car wash) and he subjected me to a torrent of abuse waving his arms around - not 'can you move your vehicle please', can definitely see how he is described as 'dictatorial'. Not the most pleasant chap, but sad he died though.

I notice also that it doesn't give information as to whether he was here legally or not ?
He used slave labour to run his car wash. I encountered him once because I'd stopped for 2 seconds over his driveway (to the car wash) and he subjected me to a torrent of abuse waving his arms around - not 'can you move your vehicle please', can definitely see how he is described as 'dictatorial'. Not the most pleasant chap, but sad he died though. I notice also that it doesn't give information as to whether he was here legally or not ? BournemouthMum
  • Score: 2

1:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

BournemouthMum wrote:
He used slave labour to run his car wash. I encountered him once because I'd stopped for 2 seconds over his driveway (to the car wash) and he subjected me to a torrent of abuse waving his arms around - not 'can you move your vehicle please', can definitely see how he is described as 'dictatorial'. Not the most pleasant chap, but sad he died though.

I notice also that it doesn't give information as to whether he was here legally or not ?
He looks a lot like Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, and met roughly the same ending.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthMum[/bold] wrote: He used slave labour to run his car wash. I encountered him once because I'd stopped for 2 seconds over his driveway (to the car wash) and he subjected me to a torrent of abuse waving his arms around - not 'can you move your vehicle please', can definitely see how he is described as 'dictatorial'. Not the most pleasant chap, but sad he died though. I notice also that it doesn't give information as to whether he was here legally or not ?[/p][/quote]He looks a lot like Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, and met roughly the same ending. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Avengerboy says...

Ahh yes the financial benefits of immigration.
Ahh yes the financial benefits of immigration. Avengerboy
  • Score: 4

2:43pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Avengerboy says...

I feel sorry for the lorry driver and rescue services, along with all the other tax payer funded employees more than anything.
I feel sorry for the lorry driver and rescue services, along with all the other tax payer funded employees more than anything. Avengerboy
  • Score: 2

7:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Emery says...

Don't create slave labour by using these car wash premises. Use a decent mobile valeter.
Don't create slave labour by using these car wash premises. Use a decent mobile valeter. Emery
  • Score: 0

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