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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Driver made threat to 'rip man's head off' in road rage row

A driver threatened to “rip the head off” another man during a road rage incident in Penrith.

Carlisle Magistrates’ Court heard how Martin Richard Strong, 39, shouted at the other driver, John Kelly, after Mr Kelly gestured towards him telling him he should have given way.

The two were driving in opposite directions along Drovers Lane in Penrith on October 14 last year, the court heard, when Mr Kelly made the gesture.

Minutes later Strong, who was in a red car, came in front of Mr Kelly’s van and the two exchanged words.

During the row Strong, of Lark Field, Penrith, shouted “I’ll rip your head off”.

District Judge Gerald Chalk heard how a woman took some photos of the incident on her phone. Strong was said to be “very abusive, aggressive and agitated” with the other driver.

Strong, who admitted assault, was deeply sorry and wanted to apologise to Mr Kelly personally if that was possible, the court heard.

He was made the subject of a community order for six months and fined £100, plus £85 court costs and a £60 victim surcharge. He also has to pay compensation of £100 to Mr Kelly.

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