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Man kicked car door in ‘road rage’ attack

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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A MOTORIST who launched a flying kick at a car and scuffled with the driver after a collision must complete a community order.

Craig Aldridge saw red after the crash happened near the Branston junction with the A38 on of November 21, 2013.

Aldridge, 41, of St Aidan’s Close, Burton, pulled over in his Volkswagon Scirrocco before attacking the Peugeot 207, driven by Simon Fern.

He kicked the car, causing a six-inch dent, before the two scuffled by the side of the road, Burton Magistrates’ Court was told.

In the ensuing melee, Mr Aldridge also landed blows on Mr Fern.

Giles Rowden, prosecuting, described the attack as a bout of ‘road rage’.

He told the court: “Mr Fern was the driver of the vehicle, which is owned by his girlfriend, who was in the car at the time.

“Driving at Branston, the defendant was close to the rear of their car, cutting them up and then contact is made.

“They saw Aldridge get out of his vehicle, run towards them and do a flying kick which dented the driver’s door.”

But Aldridge’s defence solicitor, Mark Aspen, said he was ‘not entirely convinced’ about the case being labelled as road rage.

He said: “It has been very difficult for my client to come to terms with this incident.

“I think it’s fair to say he felt a bit aggrieved, but he accepts he caused the damage.

“My client felt that they were purposefully slowing down and putting the brakes on.

“It’s easy to label cases as road rage, but I’m not entirely convinced this would fit the bill.”

Probation officer Josie Reynolds told the court that Aldridge, who admitted criminal damage and assault, had a medium risk of re-offending.

She said: “Overall, he accepts responsibility for his part in the offences.”

Presiding magistrate Christine Buntain ordered Aldridge to complete a 12-month supervised community order, attend an anger management course and stick to a curfew.

He was also ordered to pay £360 in court charges.

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