Road rage leads to court
AN ANGRY motorist is back on the roads today despite attempting to punch another driver who he claimed had cut him up.Kevan Garrett, of Landseer Road, Ipswich got out of his Mercedes car and confronted terrified John Kornjaca in a road rage attack.
AN ANGRY motorist is back on the roads today despite attempting to punch another driver who he claimed had cut him up.
Kevan Garrett, of Landseer Road, Ipswich got out of his Mercedes car and confronted terrified John Kornjaca in a road rage attack.
Magistrates in Ipswich heard the 46-year-old was frothing at the mouth with rage as he sought retribution against his fellow motorist.
Garrett told the court a Volvo being driven by Mr Kornjaca cut across his path between Commercial Road and Grafton Way, Ipswich.
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A short while later the vehicle pulled up in a lay-by, near to the UGC Cinema, in Cardinal Park.
It was then that Garrett launched into a tirade of verbal insults, gestures and physical abuse, before attempting to hit Mr Kornjaca.
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The victim locked his door and attempted to close his electric window, but Garrett prevented him from doing so by placing his hand on it.
This caused Mr Kornjaca's foot to come off his brake, causing his car to jolt forward, shunting the rear of Garrett's.
This further enraged the attacker, who then kicked the vehicle three or four times.
A short while later, Garrett drove off. Mr Kornjaca was able to secure his window and then gave a description of his attacker to police.
This was then checked against finger print records, which pointed the finger at unemployed Garrett.
At South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, Garrett pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault.
In mitigation, he said he suffers from "mental problems" that prevent him from working. He also spoke of his disgust at his "appalling" behaviour in the incident, in which he "lost it".
Although he had previous convictions, the court was told Garrett had not been in trouble in recent years.
Taking these factors into consideration, district judge David Cooper allowed Garrett to walk free, giving him a two-month suspended sentence.
He said: "I've got some sympathy with you, although your behaviour was shocking. The victim does not appear to have been injured, although I'm sure when you're in full flight you're a terrifying prospect."
He also ordered him to pay his victim £250 compensation and £43 towards court costs.