A UNIVERSITY law lecturer and his lawyer wife attacked their landlords who had called round to evict them from their home, a court was told.
Peter Orji, 43, allegedly threatened to ‘torch’ the £400,000 house they were renting after he was given a court order forcing the couple to move out.
When landlord Navraj Singh and his brother Sukhdip turned up to change the locks last March, Dr Orji tried to run them over in his car, it is claimed.
The Orjis returned the next day to the four-bedroom house in Southampton to pick up their belongings.
Prosecutors said that was when Orji knocked Sukhdip to the ground after running at him like a ‘rugby player’, while Chinenye Orji allegedly armed herself with a 1ft-long metal pole and struck the Singhs’ friend Martin Conlon on the head.
The couple had become enraged when they arrived at the house to find the landlords changing the locks, Southampton magistrates heard.
Sukhdip Singh, a police officer, said the Orjis had been ‘hostile and aggressive’. When he went to the house he was hit by a ‘stench of rotting food’ and was on the phone to a locksmith when Orji pulled up in a Renault Megane.
‘He came on to the driveway at speed — if I had stayed where I was I would have been hit,’ he told the court.
‘When they left, I heard Mr Orji say under his breath “I will torch the place”, as they got into their vehicle.’
Dr Orji, who teaches at the University of Brighton, specialising in property and e-commerce law, denies one charge of assault by beating. His wife denies three charges of assault and one of obstructing a police officer.
Both also deny theft, criminal damage and using threatening words or behaviour.
The hearing continues.