Redcar man sentenced for driving car at motorcyclist

|News, Driving offences

A Redcar man who aggressively drove his car into a motorcyclist has today been sentenced to eleven years imprisonment at Teesside Crown Court.

Robbie Cheetham, 22, originally charged with attempted murder, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm during trial. The charges had been brought in relation to a collision in the Dormanstown area of Redcar in August of last year. Witnesses described in court how Cheetham had intentionally driven his Audi A5 towards 26-year-old Callum Bracchi’s motorcycle at a speed in excess of 60mph, breaking both of his legs.

Charlotte Dennison of the CPS said: “Robbie Cheetham drove his car towards Callum Bracchi with the intent of causing serious injury. As his victim lay injured in the road Cheetham abandoned his car, barging into a nearby house to use the toilet before fleeing the scene.

“Fleeing to Scotland, he was arrested by police as he made his way into Yorkshire some time later.

“This was a malicious and cowardly attack that left a young man with serious injuries and I would hope that today’s significant sentence provides a measure of comfort to Callum.”

Notes to editors

  • Robbie Cheetham was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years for causing grievous bodily harm, with a further 6 months added for breaching a previous suspended sentence
  • Charlotte Dennison is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East

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