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Driver jailed after vicious road rage attack on pensioner

West Midlands Police is warning drivers to keep their cool at the wheel - after a man was jailed for badly injuring a pensioner in a road rage attack.

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

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Bennett – 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.

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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 that he fell which could have caused the injuries. But officers secured a number of witness statements to paint a true picture what happened.

Bennett, of Villiers Street, Coventry, admitted wounding at Warwick Crown Court last Thursday (14 September) 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."

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