Driver's road-rage shame
PUBLISHED: 14:34 01 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:02 11 August 2010
road-rage landed a builder in court after he lost his cool, pulled a crowbar from his boot and waved it at another motorist. Bekim Domi, 23, of Fairlop Road, Leytonstone, was driving along the A406 in Barking when he got into a dispute with a BMW driver.
road-rage landed a builder in court after he lost his cool, pulled a crowbar from his boot and waved it at another motorist.
Bekim Domi, 23, of Fairlop Road, Leytonstone, was driving along the A406 in Barking when he got into a dispute with a BMW driver.
The BMW had been behind Domi's Mercedes when the driver started flashing his lights and shouting, threatening to fight the defendant.
Domi admitted at Barking Court last week that he lost his temper and chased after the BMW, driving close behind it and shouting.
An unmarked police car, also on the A406 on July 14 at about 6.30pm, saw the incident and followed Domi.
Marcia Evans, prosecuting, said: "The officers saw the defendant driving in an erratic manner.
"He then pulled up at a give way sign, got out of his car, went to his boot and got a crowbar.
"The defendant then waved it over his head and waved it towards the BMW. The BMW driver then drove off."
Police followed Domi and spoke to him about his outburst, the Mercedes was searched and the crowbar found.
Domi told officers that he only intended to scare the other driver and never intended to use the crowbar as a weapon.
He told the court that he used the tool as part of his trade as a builder.
Domi, of previous good character, admitted using threatening behaviour that would cause a person to think they were in danger of violence.
He accepted full responsibility for his actions and was remorseful about his behaviour.
The probation service prepared a report on the defendant and told the court that he had arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker in 2002.
Magistrates were told that Domi does not have a problem with anger management and that his outburst was out of character. It was due to the stress of being thrown out of his house.
Chair of the Bench, Cathy Brewer, said: "Road rage is an extremely frightening offence to be on the receiving end of.
"I think, considering the seriousness of the incident, that unpaid work is the most fitting sentence."
Domi was sentenced to 80 hours of community service to be completed over 12 months.
He was also ordered to pay court costs of £70.
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