Road rage pair get jail term

25/11/2013

Two men have been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison after threatening a driver and smashing his car in a so-called 'Road Rage' incident in Wirral.

Driver Lee Hall and his front seat passenger, Joel Hughes, threatened two men when they were driving on Brackenwood Road in Wirral on 8 April 2013.

Hall, who is 21 and  from Leeswood Road in Wirral, had been driving his black Fiesta close to the other driver's Vauxhall Corsa in what was later described as a 'confrontational manner'. He then pulled his car up alongside the other car.

Hall's passenger, Joel Hughes, who's 18 and from Hesketh Way in Bromborough, shouted abuse at the two men in the other car and started waving a baseball bat.

Another car then came between the two vehicles but Hall turned his car around and started to pursue the other car again.

Joel Hughes then shouted at the other driver: "I'm going to batter you and take your car." He then reached out and smashed the wing mirror of the other car with the baseball bat.

As the two cars approached a set of traffic lights which were on red, the other driver stopped but Hall drove straight through and made off.

Wirral Magistrates' Court heard that Hall had later bragged about the incident on his Facebook page.

The 12 week jail term imposed on Hall and Hughes has been suspended for 12 months.

Neale Evans, who prosecuted the case for the CPS, said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack on two men who weren't known to the defendants at all.

"Hall and Hughes behaved in an aggressive and threatening manner to the two men for no apparent reason.

"They simply had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and were really shaken up by the incident.

"The behaviour of Hall and Hughes is both inexplicable and totally unacceptable and the Crown Prosecution Service welcomes the sentence handed out by the court."