23rd Jan, 2021

Businessman ordered to pay compensation after road rage attack

A BUSINESSMAN who launched a road rage attack on another motorist during an incident at a roundabout has been ordered to pay compensation to his victim.

Martin Greene, whose company makes protective cases for transporting bicycles, had pleaded not guilty to assaulting Gary Lewis causing him actual bodily harm.

But on the day of his trial at Warwick Crown Court last month, prosecutor Rachel Pennington asked for a second charge of assault by beating to be added to the indictment.

Greene, 57, of Church Bank, Temple Grafton, near Alcester, pleaded guilty to that offence and the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report.

At the resumed hearing, he was given a two-year community order and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation activity for 15 days.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC also banned him from driving for 12 months and ordered him to pay £700 compensation to Mr Lewis and £500 costs within six months.

At the earlier hearing Miss Pennington said the incident took place on May 21 last year at the roundabout at the junction of the A422 Alcester Road and the A46 near Stratford.

Greene was in the wrong lane for the turn he was making, which annoyed Mr Lewis, and there was a verbal dispute between them which ended with Greene getting out of his car and hitting the other driver.

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said of Greene: “He does have previous convictions, although the last for common assault was 10 or 11 years ago.

“He is a man who has moved on in his life. He has settled down and has children, and has recently set up his own business.

“He is very much trying to turn his life around and lead a better life.”

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