Grantham court: Racial abuse road rage was ‘in the heat of the moment’

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Road rage caused a 46-year-old man to racially abuse a fellow driver.

Colin Jones, of Dudley Road, Grantham, admitted causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress following the incident in Houghton Road, Grantham, on August 6.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the victim sounded his horn at Jones after he pulled out in front of him, causing him to brake sharply.

The two drivers had a second run-in a few yards down the road causing Jones to make hand gestures and call the victim a “f***ing w***er”.

Jones, 46, then got out of the car, approached the victim and said: “F*** off back to your own country.”

The victim said he was shaken by the incident but had the presence of mind to take a note of the registration. Jones saw this was happening and approached the victim again to ask why he was taking down the details.

When he was told it was for the police, Jones said: “F***ing call the police.”

The victim gave a statement in which he said: “I did nothing wrong. He was aggressive at me and was swearing at me, continuing with his racist behaviour.

“I feel offended this man used my nationality against me.”

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said Jones does not believe he was in the wrong with his driving and does not remember speaking in racial terms but admitted the charge.

Mr Pye-Smith said: “He doesn’t recall using the specific words but is prepared to accept they may have been said by him in the heat of the moment.”

Mr Pye-Smith said Jones was under a lot of stress caring for his ill mother at the time of the incident.

Jones was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge. He must pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.