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Motorist behaved 'like a madman'.

PSYCHOLOGIST Colin Gwynne behaved "like a madman" towards a woman motorist who he claimed had jumped the queue at a filling station.

Gwynne, 38, of Llangaffo, Anglesey, sounded the horn of his sports car continuously, then opened her driver's door and grabbed 48-year-old Susan Hayward's arm, magistrates at Llandudno heard.

Prosecutor Julie Hughes said he demanded that the frightened woman got out of her car and threatened her husband: "I will smash your f****** face in."

Miss Hughes said 6ft 2in Gwynne was described as "behaving like a madman."

Mrs Hayward became very scared when he reached in his jacket pocket, fearing he was going to pull out a knife. Instead Gwynne produced a mobile phone and took photographs of her car. Staff at the Black Cat garage near Llandudno Junction alerted police and spoke to Gwynne who returned to his car.

The psychologist was fined pounds 1,000 and ordered to pay pounds 250 compensation, pounds 350 costs and pounds 15 victims' surcharge. He admitted using threatening behaviour last February and a common assault charge, which he'd denied, was dropped.

The prosecutor added: "The lady doesn't accept she cut up Mr Gwynne at the petrol station. No one else seems to have noticed that either."

Defence solicitor Tudur Owen said Gwynne worked in the voluntary sector including doing charity work. Mr Owen said his behaviour was triggered by Mrs Hayward jumping the queue and he accepted he overreacted.

Mr Owen said: "He apologises unreservedly."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 5, 2010
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