Road rage motorist Richard Bennett jailed for battering pensioner with car door

Richard Bennett used the pensioner's own door to batter him as he attempted to get out of his car

The victim revealed his injuries after the attack (West Midlands Police handout)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A driver who battered a 69-year-old pensioner with his own car door in a fit of road rage has been jailed.

Richard Bennett repeatedly slammed the car door on the 69-year-old’s arm and leg following a minor dispute in Coventry on September 14 last year.

Bennett - who police say was "previously a man of good character" - flagged down and confronted the man in Coundon Street, Coventry at around 4.30pm.

As the victim tried to get out of the car Bennett grabbed hold of the driver’s door and repeatedly smashed it against him causing significant injuries.

Bennett then hurled abuse at the pensioner before pushing him over and leaving the scene. 

The 36-year-old was identified as the car owner and interviewed by officers, where he claimed the other vehicle had nearly caused an accident and wanted to speak to the driver about putting him and his passengers’ safety at risk.

He denied repeatedly slamming the car door against the victim and also refuted the claim that his victim fell during the attack. But officers secured a number of witness statements to contradict this version of events.

Bennett, of Villiers Street, Coventry, admitted wounding at Leamington Crown Court last Thursday, a year to the day since the incident, and was jailed for four years.

DC Sarah Vaughan, from Force CID, said: "This was a cowardly and needless attack which left a pensioner with significant injuries. 

"Bennett was previously a man of good character but the red mist descended on him after becoming agitated by another driver.

"There can be no excuse for such a level of violence and this prison sentence should act as a strong warning that incidents of road rage will not be tolerated."