Road rage driver was goaded before assaulting youngster

Chesterfield magistrates' court.
Chesterfield magistrates' court.

A road rage motorist has been fined after he assaulted one of three youngsters who had been goading and insulting him.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Wednesday, April 20, how David Richardson, 48, of Widmerpool Street, Pinxton, had been driving along Wharf Road, Pinxton, when he complained to the three youngsters that they should not be in the road.

Following a row between Richardson and the youngsters, according to prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop, Richardson pushed and punched one of them who fell into a store sign which was damaged.

Mrs Allsop said the complainant who was assaulted had been outside the One Stop store with two other youngsters and he and one of the others had been riding bicycles.

She added: “Ladies on horses had initially approached and asked the youngsters to stop and then Richardson’s car came by and he wound the window down and said you are not supposed to stop here.”

Mrs Allsop added that one of the youngsters had an argument with Richardson before the defendant got out of the car and approached the complainant who was pushed into an advertising board and punched to the face.

Richardson told police he had been arguing with three young males and one of them had been sat in the road and the three males were goading him and one had sworn at him and he had reacted by pushing him.

Richardson pleaded guilty to assault and to causing damage to the sign after the incident on April 2.

Defence solicitor Alex Chapman said Richardson had been with his wife and mother-in-law at the time of the offences and the youngsters were sat in the road.

One of them had shouted at the defendant, according to Mr Chapman, and another went to his car and Richardson was verbally abused and the youngsters were inviting him for a fight out of the view of CCTV.

Mr Chapman said: “The level of language used was utterly appalling and it was extremely unpleasant and he wanted to make them stop.”

Richardson asked the youngsters to leave him and his wife alone, according to Mr Chapman, but the defendant snapped after he was subjected to another insult.

Mr Chapman added: “There was a particularly high level of provocation and the three males had actively goaded Richardson which led to him snapping.”

Magistrates accepted there was considerable provocation and that the three males had actively goaded Richardson and they had been acting as a gang.

Richardson was fined £130 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was also ordered to pay £160 compensation for the damaged sign.