A man who used his van “as a weapon” to knock a cyclist from his bike and threatened to kill him has been jailed for 22 weeks.
Danny Hughes, aged 26, pleaded guilty to threatening behaviour, dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving while uninsured, reports the Daily Echo.
Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard Hughes, a plumber, beeped his horn and was revving his engine “in an aggressive manner” as he drove behind cyclist Mark Chamberlain on Tollbar Way, Hedge End, reports the Daily Echo.
He then overtook the rider so closely that he clipped him with his wing mirror begore carrying out an emergency stop that caused the cyclist to crash into the back of his van, sustaining facial cuts and bruises and an injured shoulder.
“I was aware of a vehicle behind me,” Mr Chamberlain told the court. “I could hear the engine revving in an aggressive manner.
“I cleared the roundabout and could hear the horn. I was scared as there was nowhere to stop. I feared stopping because I knew the vehicle was so close.
“The vehicle was alongside me,” he continued. “The passenger window was open. He started to shout abuse at me … its front wing brushed up against me. I was struck from behind – this was the wing mirror.
“It unbalanced me up to the point that I hit the kerb. The vehicle conducted an emergency stop. I was unable to stop as I collided with the vehicle. I lay there for a second. I couldn’t quite believe this had happened.
“The abuse started immediately – it took me by surprise. Hughes said ‘I should kill you – if it wasn’t for my kids I would kill you now’.”
According to a pre-sentencing report, Hughes was found to have anger management issues.
District Judge Peter Greenfield told him: “You used the vehicle as a weapon. You go back for a bit more – giving the cyclist quite an earful. You could have killed him.”
Besides the 22-week jail sentence, Hughes was ordered to pay £300 in compensation, £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge. He was also banned from driving for 12 months.
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.