Young musician jailed after drunken rampage - Bedford

04/08/2017

A young musician, who became angry after being punched inside a chicken take away shop, brandished a large kitchen knife from his van and rammed a taxi.

Some of Ryan Tiwary's behaviour was caught on CCTV cameras and played to Luton Crown Court on Friday, 4 August 2017.

Tiwary, aged 29, was jailed for 18 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, affray, possessing a bladed article and driving with excess alcohol. In addition to the custodial sentence, he was also banned from driving for 27 months.

Judge Lynn Tayton QC told Tiwary: "This was a sustained incident, and you used your van as a weapon, while under the influence of alcohol. It is so serious only a custodial sentence can be imposed."

Charles Judge, prosecuting, said the events occurred in the early hours of 17 September last year. Tiwary went into a KFC branch in Bedford and was punched by a customer, who felt threatened. The customer returned to a taxi, waiting outside, and Tiwary also left and followed the taxi in his van. At one point, the taxi was blocked in and Tiwary used his van to ram the side of the taxi. The taxi tried to get away, but the van followed, and the passenger saw that the van driver had a knife.

Tiwary then went back to the chicken shop and was seen waving the knife out of his van window, threatening people outside the restaurant.

Police followed the van to Grange Gardens, Bedford, where Tiwary was living, and he crashed into his partner's car. Inside the van they found the knife and an opened bottle of Southern Comfort. When breath tested he was found to be twice the legal driving limit.

Tiwary was said to be a talented musician with a number of bookings between now and Xmas.

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