Man convicted for causing serious injuries after driving his car at group

|News, Violent crime

A man who drove his car at a group of people outside a pub in Newport causing serious injuries has been convicted today (18 October).

McCauley Cox, 19, was sitting in his Ford C-Max outside Courtyard Public House in Newport on 29 April when a fight broke out.

Cox drove his car into the crowd in an attempt to help his friends who were involved in the fight. He then hit two people sitting on the kerb, reversing back over them and driving over them again before speeding away from the scene.

Two people were seriously injured in the incident. One victim required a skin graft and received multiple burns from the tyres while another suffered a severe spleen injury.

Cox denied two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent but was convicted by a jury at Newport Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 years in a young offenders institute, disqualified from driving and ordered to take an extended retest.

Kelly Huggins, of the CPS, said: “McCauley Cox used his vehicle as a weapon and caused an incident which left his victims with serious injuries.

“The CPS showed in court that his actions in driving his car into the crowd and reversing over those injured on two occasions amounted to this serious offence.

“Evidence included CCTV footage showing the incident and its aftermath where Cox showed no regard for those he had injured.

“Our thoughts are with the victims as they recover from their injuries.”

He will be sentenced tomorrow.

Notes to editors

  • Kelly Huggins is an Acting District Crown Prosecutor at CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • McCauley Cox (DOB 12/08/1999) pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and two counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm. He denied two counts of causing grievous bodily harm and was convicted.
  • Callum Banton and Benjamin Thomas both pleaded guilty to affray in connection with the fight and were sentenced in June.

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