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Driver jailed for road rage attack near Cockhedge Centre
6:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A THIRTY three-year-old who mounted the pavement and hit a pedestrian in a road rage attack has been jailed for a year.
Matthew Nicklin, of Warrington Road, Hatton, was driving on Scotland Road in the direction of Cockhedge Way in March when he became angered by a pedestrian who he claims was obstructing the road.
Prosecuting, Geoffrey Lowe said: “The defendant then drove the vehicle towards the victim so that all four wheels mounted the pavement.”
The vehicle hit the victim when he was reversing back on to the pavement.
The victim was treated for bruising and tenderness to his elbow and right knee.
During the incident, the back window of the car was smashed but it remains unclear how this happened, Chester Crown Court heard on Tuesday.
Recorder Elgan Edwards said: “This is a clear example of road rage and the consequences could have been more serious than they were.
“A custodial sentence is inevitable in this case to show you that you cannot act in this way and to show others.
“But I have kept the sentence to a minimum because of your good qualities.”
Adrian Palmer, defending, said: “He acted totally inappropriately and he realises the enormity of what he has done and wishes the incident didn’t happen. He is remorseful and regretful.”
The former engineering postgraduate from Manchester University had one previous conviction of assault, which dated back to 2006.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and assault occasioning actual bodily harm during an earlier court hearing on October 23.
Nicklin was given 12 months for dangerous driving and 12 months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, which will be served as a concurrent sentence.
Nicklin has also been disqualified from driving for three years.
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