A jury has begun its deliberations in the retrial of a man accused of killing an Auckland businesswoman in 2008.
Christopher Jacob Junior Shadrock, 25, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Joanne Wang.
Wang, 39, died in June 2008 after being knocked down by a car in the Manukau Westfield shopping centre car park.
Shadrock has admitted snatching Wang's handbag and driving the car but denies having had "murderous intent" to her.
His lawyer, Christopher Wilkinson-Smith, said he was too busy thinking about what was in her handbag to have formed murderous thoughts towards her in the two seconds it took for his car to hit her.
He said Shadrock did not see Wang in front of his car when he drove forward, trying to escape the car park after the bag snatch - he only caught a quick glimpse of her to the side of his car before she disappeared from view.
But Crown lawyer Kevin Glubb said there was no way Shadrock could have missed Wang, who was yelling and him and holding onto the bonnet in an attempt to get her bag back.
He said Shadrock knew Wang might die if he drove into her - but he did it anyway.
Shadrock's co-defendants - Terence Mario Tere, Vila Lemanu, Maka Tuikolovatu and Lionel Te Kanawa - are each charged with being accessories after the fact.
They are accused of destroying evidence in the case which allegedly incriminated Shadrock.
The trial, before Justice Timothy Brewer, is in its sixth week.
The jury has been told the case is a retrial, but instructed not to search details of the case on the internet.
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