Man jailed for dangerous driving - Bishops Stortford

28/07/2014

A Bishops Stortford man, who was jailed for 10 years in 2005 for a road rage crash in which a seven week old baby girl died, is back behind bars for another driving offence.

David Waterman, aged 34, was sentenced to 21 months for dangerous driving today, Monday, 28 July 2014, after pursuing Callum McCrimmon down Haymeads Lane, causing him to leap into a rose bush to get out of the way.

St Albans Crown Court heard the two men had spoken in the Spar shop in Dunmow Road, where Waterman was working. Outside in the street Mr McCrimmon came across Mrs Waterman and told her to "have a word" with her husband. She alleged he threatened her and pulled out a Stanley knife - something Mr McCrimmon denied.

Giving evidence, Mr McCrimmon said he was walking down the road when he heard Mr Waterman's car. He said: "The vehicle was coming from behind. I could hear the engine. I leaped out of the way. He was half on the road and half on the pavement. He stopped. The car was very close. I was really mad."

He said he went to the driver's side of the car and shouted at him.  "He wound the window up, reversed and laughed at me like it was a complete game. He reversed so he could have a good run up," said Mr McCrimmon.

He said he ran into his neighbour's garden in Haymeads Lane and jumped into a rose bush as Waterman drove at him again.

Waterman, of Walnut Drive, Bishop's Stortford, denied wanting to harm Mr McCrimmon. He said: "I wanted to scare the life out of him. I was not trying to hit him. I wanted him to realise he shouldn't mess with my family."

The jury cleared Waterman of intending to cause grievous bodily harm. He admitted dangerous driving on 08 January last year.

Judge Stephen Gullick also banned him from driving for 5 years.

At Chelmsford Crown Court in 2005 Waterman, then aged 24, was sentenced to 10 years for deliberately ramming another car causing the death of a baby.  He pushed the vehicle into the path of oncoming traffic on the A414 in Harlow on 29 March 2004. In the car were Gary Bradshaw, his wife Lindi and their seven-week-old daughter Tara. Mr and Mrs Bradshaw survived the collision, but the baby sustained fatal head injuries. Waterman, then of Bury Road, Old Harlow, claimed he was not driving the car, but was convicted by a jury.

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