Accrington road rage yob walks free from court

First published in News by , Court reporter

A YOB who brought terror to a vet’s car park when a road rage row spilled into the street has walked free from court.

William Wright, 38, and another man were said to have waved weapons at each other and issued threats during the trouble in Accrington town centre last October.

The veterinary surgeon, who saw the melee, told police Wright ‘looked really wild’, Burnley Crown Court was told.

Wright was spared jail because he put the weapons — two metal bars — down and owned up, and a judge said he would give him one more chance.

The defendant, of Regent Road, Church, had admitted affray, last October 5.

He was given 12 months in prison, suspended for a year, with supervision. A jury had earlier cleared the other man of any wrong-doing.

Sarah Statham, prosecuting, said at about 4pm, the defendant was driving, pulled up abruptly to talk to someone and the man behind was forced to brake. The two men then appeared to have had an altercation.

Both men ‘took up their weapons’ from their cars.

The defendant had two metal bars, which appeared to have been part of a car jack, while the other man produced a hammer. Words were exchanged and, at some stage, the men shook hands. Before doing that, Wright threw his weapons on the ground.

Miss Statham said two women who witnessed the confrontation were so upset they had to go into the surgery.

Police arrived, the metal bars were still there and the defendant was arrested. He had seven offences on his record, some of which were violence, the court heard.

Philip Holden, for Wright, said he had not been in trouble since.

He had complied with probation orders in the past, was now drug-free and went to his parents'’ home every day to assist them.

Sentencing, Recorder Mark Ainsworth said the incident was a terrifying experience for those who saw it and told Wright his conduct had been completely unacceptable.

But, he added, Wright had stayed out of trouble.

The judge said: “That gives me some hope for the future. I have appreciation of your circumstances, health and personal circumstances and it is sufficient to give you one more chance."

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7:46am Wed 3 Jul 13

BuckoTheMoose says...

""A YOB who brought terror has walked free from court.""

They always do, don't they.
""A YOB who brought terror [...] has walked free from court."" They always do, don't they. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 7

9:33am Wed 3 Jul 13

AnthonyUK says...

And you know why that is? Because the law is absolutely feeble and soft.
And you know why that is? Because the law is absolutely feeble and soft. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 6

9:52am Wed 3 Jul 13

darwenTower says...

"Walks free from court"

It's pretty much the message of our times.
"Walks free from court" It's pretty much the message of our times. darwenTower
  • Score: 6

11:14am Wed 3 Jul 13

paolowhite says...

so if you waved a gun at some1 and then put it down and owned up would that get you off?? dont think so. weapons are weapons and should all carry the same punishment...
so if you waved a gun at some1 and then put it down and owned up would that get you off?? dont think so. weapons are weapons and should all carry the same punishment... paolowhite
  • Score: 4

3:02pm Wed 3 Jul 13

floydbrfc says...

a hammer in one car two metal bars in the next ,I reckon a lead pipe would be in the third followed by colonel mustard who would be wielding an axe
a hammer in one car two metal bars in the next ,I reckon a lead pipe would be in the third followed by colonel mustard who would be wielding an axe floydbrfc
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