A man has been fined for assaulting a cyclist in Cambridge after claiming he was actually trying to save his life.
According to Cambridge News, Kevin Hands admitted pushing Reece Cockram on Sunday, October 6, in Church End, Over.
Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Cockram and his girlfriend were walking along the side of the road after a puncture when they were abused by people in a passing car.
The car stopped and Hands, the passenger, got out.
Paul Brown, prosecuting said: “He shouted ‘what do you think you are doing? Get on the path’. He pushed the victim in the chest and slapped him in the face, leaving reddening.”
Hands claimed he was trying to get Mr Cockram off the road and on to the path. His lawyer, Sandeep Kainth said that Hands had been in a serious crash on the M11 and was therefore aware of the dangers.
Hands denied slapping Cockram. He was ordered to pay £235 in fines, compensation and costs.
Church End, Over (image Google Maps)
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.