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At last, someone faces the consequences !

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by goo_mason, 15 Nov 2007.

  1. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    From today's Edinburgh Evening News:

    A DRIVER has been jailed for nine months after deliberately knocking a cyclist from his bike in a road rage attack.

    Tahir Chaudhry, 34, swerved his van at the bike after clashing with the cycle courier at traffic lights. The father-of-two then drove off after the collision leaving the concussed victim behind.

    Passers-by went to the aid of courier Greig Walker, 34, and also noted the registration number of Chaudhry's vehicle.

    Mr Walker had five stitches put in wounds and suffered multiple cuts and bruises in the incident.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard yesterday that it was fortunate he was wearing a helmet when he was knocked to the ground.

    Lord McEwan told Chaudhry that he took into account his good background and references provided on his behalf.

    But the judge said: "Nonetheless, I think in the public interest to suppress road rage I have to pronounce a custodial sentence."

    "I have to take a very serious view of this matter which is a very bad example of road rage."

    Lord McEwan also banned Chaudhry, of Colinton Road, Edinburgh, from driving for five years and ordered him to resit a driving test.

    Chaudhry, the manager of a family-run store business, was originally charged with attempting to murder Mr Walker.

    But the Crown accepted his guilty plea to an alternative charge of driving dangerously and causing a collision which left the victim unconscious and severely injured. The offence carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.

    The court heard that cycle delivery courier Mr Walker received a job on November 3 last year which took him from the West End of the Capital to the Wester Hailes area. Chaudhry's van undertook him at a junction and went across his path. Mr Walker shouted at the driver as he felt that he had been cut up.

    The van was ahead of him on Wester Hailes Road but did an emergency stop and reversed towards him. As the van picked up speed the cyclist decided to take evasive action and mounted a verge. He continued on his way and came back onto the road ahead of the van. But as he cycled on he could hear the van picking up speed. The court heard witnesses saw the van swerve deliberately towards the bike, clipping it and throwing the victim to the ground.

    Defence counsel Sarah Livingstone urged the judge not to jail Chaudhry who was assessed as being a very low risk of re-offending.​
     
  2. OP
    OP
    goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Location:
    Leith, Edinburgh
    From today's Edinburgh Evening News:

    A DRIVER has been jailed for nine months after deliberately knocking a cyclist from his bike in a road rage attack.

    Tahir Chaudhry, 34, swerved his van at the bike after clashing with the cycle courier at traffic lights. The father-of-two then drove off after the collision leaving the concussed victim behind.

    Passers-by went to the aid of courier Greig Walker, 34, and also noted the registration number of Chaudhry's vehicle.

    Mr Walker had five stitches put in wounds and suffered multiple cuts and bruises in the incident.

    The High Court in Edinburgh heard yesterday that it was fortunate he was wearing a helmet when he was knocked to the ground.

    Lord McEwan told Chaudhry that he took into account his good background and references provided on his behalf.

    But the judge said: "Nonetheless, I think in the public interest to suppress road rage I have to pronounce a custodial sentence."

    "I have to take a very serious view of this matter which is a very bad example of road rage."

    Lord McEwan also banned Chaudhry, of Colinton Road, Edinburgh, from driving for five years and ordered him to resit a driving test.

    Chaudhry, the manager of a family-run store business, was originally charged with attempting to murder Mr Walker.

    But the Crown accepted his guilty plea to an alternative charge of driving dangerously and causing a collision which left the victim unconscious and severely injured. The offence carries a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment.

    The court heard that cycle delivery courier Mr Walker received a job on November 3 last year which took him from the West End of the Capital to the Wester Hailes area. Chaudhry's van undertook him at a junction and went across his path. Mr Walker shouted at the driver as he felt that he had been cut up.

    The van was ahead of him on Wester Hailes Road but did an emergency stop and reversed towards him. As the van picked up speed the cyclist decided to take evasive action and mounted a verge. He continued on his way and came back onto the road ahead of the van. But as he cycled on he could hear the van picking up speed. The court heard witnesses saw the van swerve deliberately towards the bike, clipping it and throwing the victim to the ground.

    Defence counsel Sarah Livingstone urged the judge not to jail Chaudhry who was assessed as being a very low risk of re-offending.​
     
  3. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    That's more like it.
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    That's more like it.
     
  5. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Should have got the 2 years, he'd still have been out in less than 1
     
  6. gambatte

    gambatte Middle of the pack...

    Location:
    S Yorks
    Should have got the 2 years, he'd still have been out in less than 1
     
  7. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    It's a start.
    The max sentence would've been better. We are still too lenient on deliberate acts of terror whilst driving. Attempted murder even better if it could be proven.
     
  8. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    It's a start.
    The max sentence would've been better. We are still too lenient on deliberate acts of terror whilst driving. Attempted murder even better if it could be proven.
     
  9. Mountaincarrot

    Mountaincarrot New Member

    Probably not the same bloke who deliberately knocked me off a few years ago in Cambridge. (I never got his number).

    The morale of that one is "don't bang on lunatics car roofs.".. Even if they have just cut you up at a roundabout whilst hurling abuse out of the window..
     
  10. Mountaincarrot

    Mountaincarrot New Member

    Probably not the same bloke who deliberately knocked me off a few years ago in Cambridge. (I never got his number).

    The morale of that one is "don't bang on lunatics car roofs.".. Even if they have just cut you up at a roundabout whilst hurling abuse out of the window..
     
  11. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Thats good news that he has been given a custodial sentence.

    What I don't understand though is how he was assessed as a low risk of re-offending. If he was willing to 'throw' his vehicle at a cyclist once in a fit of rage, whats to say he won't go into a rage again?

    I honestly think that anyone who uses a vehicle intentionally as a weapon should be banned for driving for life.
     
  12. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Thats good news that he has been given a custodial sentence.

    What I don't understand though is how he was assessed as a low risk of re-offending. If he was willing to 'throw' his vehicle at a cyclist once in a fit of rage, whats to say he won't go into a rage again?

    I honestly think that anyone who uses a vehicle intentionally as a weapon should be banned for driving for life.
     
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    This bit bothers me a little:

    Surely its dangerous driving AND attempted murder? Also couldn't he have been charged with GBH or at least ABH?

    Seems to me that a car used in this way is a serious, deadly weapon. This isn't a 'motoring' offense, and its sad that its treated as such.

    Still... Glad he's being punished for it.
     
  14. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    This bit bothers me a little:

    Surely its dangerous driving AND attempted murder? Also couldn't he have been charged with GBH or at least ABH?

    Seems to me that a car used in this way is a serious, deadly weapon. This isn't a 'motoring' offense, and its sad that its treated as such.

    Still... Glad he's being punished for it.
     
  15. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    low risk of reoffending indeed

    although a few months in the big house might give him time to think about the consequences of his actions