Northop man jailed for harmful driving after hitting bike owner

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A NORTHOP man has been put behind bars after he used his automotive “as a weapon” to knock a bike owner off his bike.

Bradley Harris, of Ffordd Edwin, appeared at Mildew Crown Court docket on Thursday for sentence.

The 27-year-old had beforehand been convicted of harmful driving after a trial at Mildew Magistrates Court docket.

Phil Clemo, prosecuting, instructed the court docket that on April 25 final 12 months, complainant Michael Edge was biking on Excessive Avenue in Northop.

He approached the defendant, who was travelling in the other way in an Audi A3, anticipating him to decelerate – however he did not.

Mr Edge moved right into a layby to create space for the defendant to go safely, and he “did not assume quite a bit” about it.

However the defendant “clearly did assume numerous it,” Mr Clemo mentioned.

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He “felt deeply affronted by some perceived sleight” and reversed at pace, earlier than making a hasty three level flip in a junction.

Mr Clemo mentioned Harris then pursued the complainant down the highway, winding his window down and telling him: “I will knock you off. I will kill you.”

And “true to his phrase,” Harris swerved his car at Mr Edge, knocking the wheels out from underneath him and inflicting him to fall.

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Harris drove away, leaving Mr Edge injured on the highway.

As each of the complainant’s toes had been clipped to the pedals, he twisted each ankles, in addition to receiving a gash on one arm, gravel rash, bruising and harm to his clothes – which was specialist biking gear costing over £1,000.

The £10,500 bike, fabricated from carbon fibre, was additionally broken and was deemed by the proprietor to be too harmful to trip.

When he was interviewed by the police, Harris instructed them it had been Edge who was abusive to him, and he adopted to be able to ask what his drawback was.

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He denied hitting him, describing it as a verbal change solely.

Robin Boag, defending, mentioned the actions of his shopper had been “borne out of some moments’ lack of management.”

He added: “Is it one thing he has had problem accepting in himself, on condition that he would not in any manner usually react in such a scorching tempered manner.

“In his family, he had the tragedy of his father being killed in a collision.”

Decide Niclas Parry instructed the defendant: “You used your automotive as a weapon.

“It was a calculated, appalling piece of deliberate harmful driving.”

The Decide jailed Harris for 10 months and disqualified him from driving for 20 months.

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