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Road-rage thug slammed car door on driver's head.

Byline: AMY WALKER

A MAN slammed a car door on a driver's head in a 'senseless' road rage attack after they were in a minor crash.

James Elliot, 47, had been in the outside lane when the complainant moved into his lane due to roadworks, resulting in the vehicles clipping their wing mirrors.

The man then followed the Ford Focus in his VW Golf to a set of traffic lights in order to exchange details, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

There, Elliot jumped out and approached the driver's seat, asking the man: "what the f*** are you doing?"

Words were exchanged before he opened the driver's door and punched him twice in the face.

He then slammed the door on the man's head before opening it again, dragging him out of the car and punching him as he lay on the ground.

The victim was left with blurred vision, loose teeth, swelling and a 1.5cm injury to his left cheek.

Elliot, of Gorton, pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to one offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was handed an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years, 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and 150 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay PS2,000 compensation.

Prosecutor Mark Kellet said the offence took place on April 11, 2018, when the complainant was driving home from work at around 5.40pm.

Other drivers saw the attack and called the emergency services.

One witness described a 'male in a rage', another described him 'opening the door and slamming it on his head' before continuing the assault in the road.

In a victim personal statement, the victim said he has 'worries and fears around driving' and since has locked his car doors and windows whilst driving.

He added that the attack 'constantly replays in his mind' and he has since had long standing dental problems.

Elliott was said to have 11 convictions for 16 offences including seven offences of violence.

Mitigating, Erim Mushtaq said: "This was at a particularly difficult time, he was going through a breakup of a long-standing relationship.

"Since then, the defendant has no further convictions for violent offending."

Sentencing him, Judge John Potter said: "This was a serious and senseless act of violence by you towards your victim inspired by road rage."

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Author:AMY WALKER
Publication:Manchester Evening News (Manchester, United Kingdom)
Date:Jul 3, 2021
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