A motorist has been jailed for 16 months for a “needless” road rage attack where he knocked an 80-year-old man unconscious.
John Edward Dugdale, 56, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm for shhe shoved Paul Eva from behind into a brick wall, causing “horrific injuries” and knocking him out.
Detective Constable Luke Thomson, who investigated the case, said the victim’s injuries were “a result of a completely needless attack that could cost him his life.”
Images released by the Metropolitan Police show him in a hospital bed with his right arm in a cast and his face swollen and bruised, wearing an oxygen mask.
Croydon Crown Court heard that Mr Eva and his wife were walking home when a silver car almost hit them as they crossed the road in south-east London.
The driver and the victim had a verbal disagreement moments before Dugdale assaulted Mr Eva before driving off.
Mr Eva was covered an blood and unconscious for two minutes before paramedics arrived. He says he does not remember the assault. Dugdale handed himself in to police a month later.
DC Thomson concluded: "We're happy to have secured this sentencing and hope it gives the victim some small measure of comfort as he continues to recover from the attack.”