Dagenham road rage driver walks free

A driver who racially abused a student in a road rage incident walked free from court. Collin Freeman, 35, screamed abuse at terrified Pavitar Mann and smashed his mobile phone at a Tesco petrol station in Goodmayes, Essex. The London Underground technici

A driver who racially abused a student in a road rage incident walked free from court.

Collin Freeman, 35, screamed abuse at terrified Pavitar Mann and smashed his mobile phone at a Tesco petrol station in Goodmayes, Essex.

The London Underground technician had accused Mr Mann of cutting him up as they both negotiated a nearby roundabout.

Freeman was due to stand trial but admitted the assault at the last minute and Judge Murray Shanks conditionally discharged him for 12 months.

'You pleaded guilty at the latest possible moment, at the beginning of the trial,' said the judge.

'You abused him (victim) a number of times and you also damaged his phone.'

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Judge Shanks ordered Freeman pay �500 costs and �150 compensation for a new handset for Mr Mann.

Freeman claimed the victim had performed a dangerous manoeuvre before the duo clashed at the High Road-based filling station.

Steven Pidcock, defending, said Freeman only tapped Mr Mann's hand, causing him to drop his phone.

'The actual assault is a mere unlawful touching of the hand,' the barrister told Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Judge Shanks warned Freeman to curb his temper for the next 12 months or face jail. 'If you don't come in front of the courts for a year, that will be the end of it,' he said.

Freeman, of Holden Close, Dagenham, admitted racially aggravated assault by beating and destroying property on May 22 last year.

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