Man jailed for driving car at man - Watford

07/09/2017

A man with a grudge against his victim was jailed for six years today, Thursday, 7 September 2017, for driving his car at him in Watford town centre.

Darius John, aged 25, hit the man at 30 miles per hour, sending him flying six feet in the air before he came down onto Rickmansworth Road, St Albans Crown Court heard. He suffered a fracture to his left shoulder, that still requires surgery, as well as cuts to his head and body. John, who had an earlier confrontation with his victim in an underpass, drove off in his Vauxhall Insignia.

John, of Kings Drive, Edgware, pleaded guilty to causing the man grievous bodily harm with intent at lunchtime on 1 March this year. He was of previous good character.

When arrested, he said he had hit him by accident, but he told a probation officer, after he pleaded guilty, that he had held a "silly grudge" against the man for three years.

Jailing him, Judge Andrew Bright QC said he had used his car as a weapon. The Judge said: "It is no thanks to you that he was not more seriously injured or killed." He said he had read references from John's family, friends and a minister and that sending him to jail was an "enormous tragedy." The Judge made an order depriving John of the car. He also made a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim directly or indirectly.

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