Man found guilty of 'road rage' attack

FELIXSTOWE: A man has been found guilty of a “road rage” attack in which he butted another man in the face, causing cuts to his face and his nose to bleed.

FELIXSTOWE: A man has been found guilty of a “road rage” attack in which he butted another man in the face, causing cuts to his face and his nose to bleed.

Harry Baxendale, of The Walk, Felixstowe, had denied assaulting Russell Sheldon causing him actual bodily harm, but was found guilty after a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

His sentencing has been adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

The court had heard that Mr Sheldon and his girlfriend had been driving in Felixstowe town centre looking for a parking space and had turned into St Andrew's Road.


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Finding there was nowhere to park, Mr Sheldon performed a three-point turn in the road. As he drove back towards Hamilton Road, he claimed Baxendale came past him shouting abuse and making rude gestures.

Seeing in his rear view mirror that 65-year-old Baxendale had stopped, Mr Sheldon stopped his car and got out to see what the problem was.

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He told the court that Baxendale had walked towards him with an angry look on his face and when Mr Sheldon had said “I'm sure you don't want to take this any further mate”, Baxendale had replied “Yes I do”.

Mr Sheldon said Baxendale had then taken hold of his jacket and butted him in the face.

Mr Sheldon had been wearing metal framed sunglasses and the blow caused cuts between his eyebrows and on the bridge of his nose and made his nose bleed.

Baxendale claimed Mr Sheldon had got out of his car first and had pulled open his door and grabbed hold of him.

He said Mr Sheldon had then lunged at him and to avoid being butted in the face he had lowered his head and Mr Sheldon had hit the top of Baxendale's head.

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