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A former Premier League footballer who pleaded guilty to assaulting a cyclist in a road rage attack, leaving him with a broken wrist, has been given a suspended sentence but has escaped a driving ban.

Jamaica international defender Nyron Nosworthy, who spent five years at Sunderland and now plays for Championship side Watford, was also ordered by Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court to pay the victim £3,300 in compensation.

Nosworthy, aged 33, was driving in London on 13 August last year when he was involved in a collision with cyclist Joe Minihane at a set of traffic lights on Westminster Bridge Road, reports the Watford Observer.

Last week, he admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which resulted in Mr Minihane needing a full cast to be put on his arm and facing the prospect of a year's rehabilitation.

Theo Addae, representing the Brixton-born footballer, who was recovering from an Achilles’ tendon injury at the time, recounted how he had been driving to Oxford Circus for an appointment with a physiotherapist.

"He was making his way there, driving down the road, and at traffic lights there was a cyclist intending to go right, but was on the left and cut across the front of Mr Nosworthy's vehicle and a collision occurred."

"He wound down his window to say: 'You cut in front of me,' and the cyclist told him to "F*ck off."

Mr Addae said his client pulled over intending to speak with Mr Nosworthy, who asserted that Nosworthy came up to him in an "aggressive manner."

"At that time verbal abuse was still coming at Mr Nosworthy and he pushed Mr Minihane once only, causing the cyclist to stumble backwards and that stumble caused the injury,” added Mr Addae.

"It was only the unfortunate manner in which the cyclist fell over that caused the injury."

Sentencing him to 42 days’ imprisonment suspended for two years, District Judge Louise Hammond told him: "Road rage offences are regarded by the appeal courts as extremely serious, because of their prevalence on the road and because of the unacceptable nature of them.

"I am of the view that only a custodial sentence is justified, but because of your positive good character, because the injury was not intended and because you pleaded guilty, I'm able to suspend that sentence."

She also accepted a request from not to ban Nosworthy from driving by his lawyer, Theo Addae, who had said: "The impact  would be huge i terms of his employment.

"There is a possibility of a loan move. The move will be to the north of the country, and as a result, disqualification would have a huge impact on his employment."

Football players and managers, and the lawyers acting for them, have at times resorted to what to the person in the street may seem unlikely excuses to avoid being banned from driving.

In 2012, Newcastle United defender Danny Simpson dropped a planned appeal against a six-month driving ban. The footballer, now with Queens Park Rangers, had said he was unable to afford a chauffeur, although at the time he was reportedly earning £10,000 a week.

Also in 2012, former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis escaped a driving ban after he claimed that if he were to employ a driver while he himself was disqualified, confidential information such as the club's transfer dealings might be prejudiced.

Pulis had been caught doing 96mph on a stretch of motorway where the speed limit was 60mph.

Citing the business opportunities and jobs that the club's Premier League status brought to the city, his lawyer also argued that "the people of Stoke-on-Trent could suffer if Mr Pulis lost his licence and lost his job."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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oldstrath [494 posts] 1 year ago
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I have to say this seems depressing typical of our non-justice system - this bullying thug has surely demonstrated by his behaviour that he is unfit to have a driving licence. If I behaved like this in a shop queue rather than on the road I'd be in jail, not given some pathetic little telling off. As for the tripe about his job - hey, nobody made you behave like a bullying toerag.

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TheOldCog [113 posts] 1 year ago
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Huge impact on his employment! Like he might have to catch a train or have a cheufer - sorry, put such mitigating circumstances are pi$$ poor.

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TheOldCog [113 posts] 1 year ago
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Huge impact on his employment! Like he might have to catch a train or have a cheufer - sorry, put such mitigating circumstances are pi$$ poor.

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jacknorell [942 posts] 1 year ago
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"It was only the unfortunate manner in which the cyclist fell over that caused the injury."

So, he'd have fallen without a push then...?

That compensation is ridiculous, won't even be noticed. Should be a couple 100k so that this f**kn*t with anger management issues would feel pain at least in his wallet.

Poor guy had to have rehab for a year!

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MikeOnABike [50 posts] 1 year ago
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I cannot post what I want to say as there may be minors reading.

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bartsie [15 posts] 1 year ago
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I heard there were ways to get to Oxford Circus without driving.

Having said that, cutting in front of someone with an immediate 'f-off' follow-through must be one of the quickest and most reliable ways to make friends.

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Cauld Lubter [132 posts] 1 year ago
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Twat on bike cuts across, colliding with car and the driver gets all the shit?
Something wrong here.
Oh, I forgot, this is roadcc, where only saints ride bikes. Get a grip, people.

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2Loose [35 posts] 1 year ago
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Wasn't this the one that drove off and said 'good luck with tracing me', followed by a bit of a campaign to find the cars driver?

Even if not, less than a weeks wages as a fine is poor...

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GREGJONES [259 posts] 1 year ago
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No that was a french guy in Macclesfield, this fella is from Brixton. And used to play for Gillingham, which also used to be the home of Marlon king ... of sequel assault infamy. Lovely lot footballers aren't they.

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levermonkey [642 posts] 1 year ago
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£3300 divided by 18 months pain and rehab comes to £183.33 per month (£45.83 per week) compensation! And how much does Mr Nosworthy get paid as an international and championship footballer?

Mr Minihane's lost earnings alone are? The Magistrate has decided that Mr Minihane is not worth any more than this? Maybe he decided that shouting in the heat of the moment means he's not entitled to a proper 'level of consideration'.

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timegan [12 posts] 1 year ago
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If he's turning right and ahead of car to be able to turn right then it's not cutting across, it's just turning right. The driver shouldn't be overtaking if there's a chance the cyclist might be about to turn right.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 1 year ago
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It seems a poor show in general. I don't see how a football player needs a driving licence to play. Tony Pulis had a particularly feeble excuse.

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adiej [2 posts] 1 year ago
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what about the impact on the cyclist,s employment with a broken wrist

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paulfg42 [382 posts] 1 year ago
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Cauld Lubter wrote:

Twat on bike cuts across, colliding with car and the driver gets all the shit?
Something wrong here.
Oh, I forgot, this is roadcc, where only saints ride bikes. Get a grip, people.

Bigger twat assaults cyclist and pretty much gets away with it. Get a grip yourself.

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adiej [2 posts] 1 year ago
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cyclist had made his intention to turn right known,twat in a leathal weapon should of waited

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oldstrath [494 posts] 1 year ago
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Cauld Lubter wrote:

Twat on bike cuts across, colliding with car and the driver gets all the shit?
Something wrong here.
Oh, I forgot, this is roadcc, where only saints ride bikes. Get a grip, people.

No, not only saints, but if some nobber in a car cuts me up, would it be fine if I then smacked him if he was silly enough to stop? Probably not, and this is worse - this trainee killer has a few tonnes of metal to use as a weapon. Better to stop him now, before he succeeds.

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Ush [584 posts] 1 year ago
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Cauld Lubter wrote:

Twat on bike cuts across, colliding with car and the driver gets all the shit?
Something wrong here.

Yes, what's wrong is that your tightly worded summary leaves out the fact that the driver assaulted the person on the bike andhas been convicted for it.

Cauld Lubter wrote:

Oh, I forgot, this is roadcc, where only saints ride bikes. Get a grip, people.

I expect some of your other saintly friends will be along to insinuate that the cyclist "brought it on himself" because he didn't smile and wave at the lovely man that drove into him.

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parksey [343 posts] 1 year ago
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Used to have this guy in my fantasy football team back in his Sunderland days, surprisingly useful for a cheap defender.

Didn't realise he was such a knob.

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Argos74 [369 posts] 1 year ago
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2Loose wrote:

Wasn't this the one that drove off and said 'good luck with tracing me', followed by a bit of a campaign to find the cars driver?

Stoke City's Steven N'Zonzi, then of Hale, Greater Manchester. Stoke are currently 3 points above the relegation zone in the Premiership. Nosworthy is a [cough] squad player for Watford, mid-table in the Championship.

If Stoke get relegated, and Nosworthy gets a game due to injury of Watford's other central defenders, I could have some very mixed feels about challenges between the two.  19

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mikefreer [17 posts] 1 year ago
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Yet again another careless driver who has an unnecessary hatred for cyclists and uses their car as a weapon. and £3,300 is nothing compared to what he earns as a footballer!!

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oozaveared [933 posts] 1 year ago
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Appeal the verdict. It's too lenient.

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carlosjenno [44 posts] 1 year ago
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My last ride included close passes, high speed close passes, not indicating, overtaking directly towards me on narrow roads, pulling out then slowing down, overtaking then slowing down, side road pull outs without seeing me, pinch point passes, mobile phone obliviousness and a massively close left hook. All in a quick 25 mile spin. All of whom received a hearty "fuck off" and worse, in some cases. Unfortunately, not a one stopped. None ever do.

Violence against the person is rarely justified, but I'd love for one of these big name road rage idiots to come off worse and get a good slapping after coming off as the aggressor. You're within your rights to defend yourself if you feel you're going to be assaulted, as long as it's reasonable, justifiable and proportionate. Don't take any guff from these swine.

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stumps [3184 posts] 1 year ago
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please please people get a grip, its a broken wrist and no matter who does it or who its against you are never going to get a custodial sentence.

It can never be proven that he deliberately tried to break the wrist as it was a push and as for a years rehab - get real. i had 2 ops on my left knee (the second quite major on the tendons / ligaments) in the space of a month and i was back at work walking normally after 6 months.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1111 posts] 1 year ago
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Cauld Lubter wrote:

Twat on bike cuts across, colliding with car and the driver gets all the shit?
Something wrong here.
Oh, I forgot, this is roadcc, where only saints ride bikes. Get a grip, people.

On the other hand, I'm unlikely to forget roadcc has its share of types who enjoy trolling by always finding a way to side with the motorist, even when they are clearly in the wrong.

I don't know about the initial incident - I'm not clear whether the cyclist signalled or not, for one thing. Perhaps he needs to brush up his cyclecraft, I don't know. At that point I'm not clear who is in the right or wrong. Sounds as if both were angry.

However, if cyclists physically assaulted motorists every single time they were cut up by them, I think a large number of pedal-pushers would now be in jail and the Daily Mail would be denouncing the entire breed as psychopaths.

The guy initiated violence in a disagreement that didn't merit it. He's the one who broke the law.

I will say this is far from the worst such case I've heard of - in my opinion a push leading to an injury isn't the same as punching someone in the face, say, or deliberately running someone off the road using a car. Its really not one of those cases that get me fuming about lenient sentences.

Edit - oh and the lack of a driving ban just seems, sadly, par-for-the-course. Seems as if the actual offense itself wasn't commited using the car. There are far more infuriating cases where motorists kill or injure using the car and yet still avoid a driving ban. If those guys don't get one it would be surprising if this guy did. Personally I think at least half of all drivers have no business being behind a wheel, but what can you do?

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oldstrath [494 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

please please people get a grip, its a broken wrist and no matter who does it or who its against you are never going to get a custodial sentence.

It can never be proven that he deliberately tried to break the wrist as it was a push and as for a years rehab - get real. i had 2 ops on my left knee (the second quite major on the tendons / ligaments) in the space of a month and i was back at work walking normally after 6 months.

That's not really the point though. The driver behaved violently, and a sensible society should not want violent people allowed to drive large metal boxes.

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oldstrath [494 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

please please people get a grip, its a broken wrist and no matter who does it or who its against you are never going to get a custodial sentence.

It can never be proven that he deliberately tried to break the wrist as it was a push and as for a years rehab - get real. i had 2 ops on my left knee (the second quite major on the tendons / ligaments) in the space of a month and i was back at work walking normally after 6 months.

BTW, are you really claiming that if I, an ordinary person rather than a third rate professional soccer player, pushed someone over and injured them in a shop queue, I wouldnt face jail? Really?

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Paul_C [393 posts] 1 year ago
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"disqualification would have a huge impact on his employment."

should never be able to use that as a reason for not disqualifying a driver... there's always public transport or the bicycle or taxi or even if rich enough, employing a chauffeur to drive you around...

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 1 year ago
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bartsie wrote:

I heard there were ways to get to Oxford Circus without driving.

Having said that, cutting in front of someone with an immediate 'f-off' follow-through must be one of the quickest and most reliable ways to make friends.

It's a lot quicker to take the tube from Brixton to Oxford Circus and it's a lot cheaper too, seeing how much parking and the congestion charge add up to. Cycling is also cheaper and quicker and better for overall fitness for a sportsman, though there are some real idiots driving cars along that route.
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Shades [285 posts] 1 year ago
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It always 'takes 2 to tango', but if the adrenalines up and the insults are flying, this is often where it ends up. Given the choice of backing away (call the police as there was a collision) with a bit of wounded pride, or 'squaring up', getting a broken wrist (could have been a lot worse), a payout with the other bloke prosecuted, I think I'd take the former. No winners here. There's that great line when your in the mood to 'stand your ground', "you may be right....but you'll be dead right". Remember the cyclist who slapped the car and the motorist just chased him down, ran over him and killed him. Actions or response....consequences.

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jacknorell [942 posts] 1 year ago
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stumps wrote:

please please people get a grip, its a broken wrist and no matter who does it or who its against you are never going to get a custodial sentence.

It can never be proven that he deliberately tried to break the wrist as it was a push and as for a years rehab - get real. i had 2 ops on my left knee (the second quite major on the tendons / ligaments) in the space of a month and i was back at work walking normally after 6 months.

Seriously, there's no need for him to have intent to specifically break the wrist. He was intentionally violent, which caused a foreseeable harm.

Which specific harm is irrelevant.

With your reasoning, if I intentionally tried to hit you in the knee with a steel pipe, and then connected with the hip instead, there was no criminal intent...

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