09:45 Monday 16 December 2013

Driver, 63, swung wooden baton in road rage drama


10/12/13 Court Snatch Pic - Burton Magistrates Court, BurtonBarry Davies leaving Burton Magistrates Court 10/12/13 Court Snatch Pic - Burton Magistrates Court, BurtonBarry Davies leaving Burton Magistrates Court

A DRIVER waved a wooden baton at a couple during a road rage altercation in Burton, a court heard

Barry Davies, of Rosliston Road, Stapenhill, admitted possessing an offensive weapon in Moseley Street on August 27 and using threatening, insulting or abusive behaviour intending to cause Michelle Waddington and Christopher Ashman to fear violence.

The 63-year-old denied deliberately driving his Transit van at Ms Waddington, leading her to jump out of the way.

Ms Waddington said she was riding her Pioneer motorcycle and pulled over to wait for her partner Mr Ashman, who was following behind her. She noticed Davies cut the corner and heading towards her. She told magistrates: “I panicked as he was coming straight in my direction. I screamed at him and called him an idiot.

“The van then reversed back in my direction and a window was open.”

Ms Waddington said he called her an offensive name. When she told her partner, he drove after him to get the van’s registration number.

An altercation took place between the two men in which Mr Ashman tookthe keys out of Davies’ ignition. Davies then pulled out a wooden baton and started waving it above his head at the couple.

It was claimed Davies got back into his Transit van, reversed and then deliberately drove diagonally at Ms Waddington, an action he denied.

Mr Ashman denied attempting to punch Davies, saying he only wanted to get the keys out of the engine.

Davies, defending himself, told the court: “I didn’t have a clue who he was but he ran round to the window and started shouting at me not to call his girlfriend a fat so-and-so.

“I thought he was going to punch me when he leaned into the van. I only picked up the baton because I was fearful of him as he is big bloke and half my age.”

Magistrates said they could not be satisfied Davies deliberately drove his van at Ms Waddington but handed him a six month community order with a supervision requirement for possession of an offensive weapon and threatening behaviour. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and £60 victim surcharge.

Magistrates ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the wooden baton.

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