Delivery driver guilty of throwing rocks at motorists in High Weald

15/09/2017

A delivery driver who threw rocks at a series of cars in villages in on the edge of the High Weald has been convicted of causing criminal damage being reckless as to whether lives would be endangered.

Glynn Williams was found guilty following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court, during which the jury heard that, in the majority of cases, rocks were thrown from a delivery van at other vehicles that were driving towards it. On two occasions, drivers were injured by glass. Although they were not injured in the attacks, children were in a number of the cars at the time of the attacks.

Some of the motorists reported seeing the driver of the van putting his arm out and a throwing motion before hearing a loud smashing noise. Damage was caused to car windscreens, bonnets and doors. The incidents took place between January and August 2015 and many of the victims contacted the police following a media appeal, asking for people who believe they may have had a rock deliberately thrown at them in the area to come forward.

Data from the deliveries made by Williams was checked and, on each occasion, the timing and location of the incidents was consistent with him driving in the immediate vicinity at the time.

Natalie Smith, from the CPS, said: "There is clearly a danger to people’s lives when rocks are thrown at their cars from a moving van whilst they are driving in their cars. This defendant had rocks in his van in preparation and threw them at passing cars in country lanes at motorists, as they passed his delivery van, for no apparent reason. He suggested in interview that the people in the local area "had it in for him" which is why he believed he had been put forward as the person responsible. The jury rejected that suggestion in finding him guilty.  

"This was essentially a data led prosecution for us, as we were able to look at the evidence of where the defendant was dropping off parcels on a particular day, because people would sign for them electronically. We were then able to say that he was in the area at the time of all these attacks."

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Notes to Editors:
Natalie Smith is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS South East, which covers Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Glynn Williams was convicted of:

  • 14 charges of destroying or damaging property being reckless as to whether life was endangered
  •   2 charges of criminal damage 
  •   2 charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm

The incidents took place in and around Goudhurst, Benenden, Cranbrook, Sandhurst, Marden, Biddenden, Sissinghurst, Horsmonden and Cranbrook.