Road rage driver loses his licence
A MAN has been given a suspended jail term and been disqualified from driving for a road rage incident that left a woman needing hospital treatment.
Shane Michael Grant, who defended himself, had pleaded not guilty to two charges of common assault and one of assault occasioning bodily harm.
He did plead guilty to a charge of driving without due care or attention or driving without reasonable consideration for others.
Handing down his judgment yesterday, magistrate John Smith said the incident happened on July 1 last year.
He said Martin Philip Bannister was driving down Johanna Bvd with Grant in a car behind him.
When Mr Bannister turned left into Commercial Ave Grant followed him and started driving very close behind him, and continued to do so when Mr Bannister turned into Enterprise St.
When the two cars were stopped at the rail intersection Grant partly opened his driver's side door and abused Mr Bannister.
Mr Bannister drove to an address in Maynard St and stopped.
Grant got out of his car and ran towards Mr Bannister and hit him twice in the right side of his chest.
Mr Bannister's passenger, Kristi Joan Smith, got out of the car and ran around to the driver's side, and Grant pushed her against the car with his forearm.
When her sister, Emma Jane Smith, came to her aid Grant grabbed her wrist and injured it, and hit her in the face and the back of her head. She later suffered from blurred vision, dizziness, and headaches, and Grant was found guilty of all charges.
"We have here an act resulting out of road rage," police prosecutor Vicky Kennedy-Grills said.
On the traffic charge, Mr Smith fined Grant $400 or nine days in prison, and disqualified him from driving for three months.
He was sentenced to one month's jail for each of the two common assault charges, and three months for the assault on Emma Smith, all suspended for two years.
Grant was also disqualified from driving for 12 months, and ordered to pay $750 compensation to Emma Smith.