Motorway stone throwing culprits jailed

29/09/2017

Peter Nugent (18) of Lawrence Weston, Bristol and Jordan Arendorf (18) of Saltmarsh Drive, Bristol appeared before Mr Recorder Grice for sentencing at Bristol Crown Court today (Friday 29th September) having been found guilty at an earlier hearing for throwing objects onto moving vehicles on M5 and M49 motorways, between April and June 2016.

The two were captured on highways CCTV, a route used by the defendants when walking home from work, throwing objects at car and Lorries as they travelled along the motorways.

Following the incidents, one victim who was travelling on their summer holidays would burst in to tears thinking what could have happened due to the thoughtlessness of the defendants and another victim who due to the immense pain had to attend hospital; thankfully no serious injuries but immense bruising caused. HGV’s have a cruise control function that the drivers can set at 56mph meaning that if an object had gone through the windscreen knocking out the driver the lorry would be out of control and potentially catastrophic.

Nugent and Arendorf were both sentenced to two and half years and will serve their sentence in a youth offender’s institute.

CPS South West Senior Crown Prosecutor Mark Major said: "It is frightening, that for whatever reason people think it is acceptable to throw objects at moving vehicles. These actions could have had a far more serious outcome as this type of offending could cause drivers to lose concentration and result in accidents, which could involve other vehicles. The sentencing today reflects the seriousness of their actions, the outcome for the motorists involved could have been very different. It is a stark reminder of how dangerous their actions were and we would urge individuals to think about the possible consequences of their actions before engaging in such behaviour."