Penalty points, rehab and £1,200 costs for man who drove pick-up truck 'wantonly' in feud at Allstone land

An ongoing feud between two men led to one of them driving at the other in his pick-up truck in the grounds of a Gloucester sand and gravel company, a court heard today. At Gloucester Crown Court[1] Eamonn McGurk, 32, of Tewkesbury Road, Gloucester[2], admitted the offence of wanton driving on private land at Allstone Sand and Gravel, also the base of Speedy Skips, in Myers Road, Gloucester on September 28, last year. The court was told that there was an ongoing dispute between McGurk and Paul Hester that had lasted a couple of weeks.

Prosecutor Ian Fenny said: “The two of them had a number of heated exchanges over a two-week period which erupted on September 28 when McGurk arrived at Allstone Sand and Gravel for a meeting with the managing director. “However, on McGurk’s arrival in his Toyota pick-up, he was confronted by Mr Hester who went over to the driver’s window, following which there was a heated exchange between the two men over unfinished business. “Mr Hester suggested to McGurk that he should get out of the vehicle so they could settle their differences.

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“Mr Hester then walked away towards the front of the vehicle and as he did so McGurk sped up and unbalanced Mr Hester, who fell away from the speeding vehicle.

“It was pure good luck that Mr Hester was not pulled underneath the car. “Other members of staff then tried to stop McGurk from leaving the yard.”

Eamonn McGurk pleaded guilty to wanton driving on private land

The incident was caught on CCTV, which Mr Hester previously released to Gloucestershire Live[3] when he was initially told there would be no further action against McGurk. Adam Vaitilingam QC, defending, said: “On his arrival at the yard he was recognised by Mr Hester from their previous altercations.

“McGurk admits that he panicked and was reckless in his actions. “McGurk has not worked since the incident almost a year ago and is keen to work once this case has concluded.” Judge Michael Cullum said to McGurk: “A year ago you did something particularly stupid in the heat of the moment.

“I accept you didn’t have any intention of having a confrontation, but nonetheless you drove at speed at a man standing in front of you. You should not have risk endangering his life. “It was a few seconds of aggression and I accept you were acting out of character.

It was pure chance that you didn’t inflict life changing injuries to Mr Hester. “I appreciate that life has been hard for you since you lost your wife and therefore I am imposing a community order for 12 months .” The judge directed that McGurk should attend 20 rehabilitation activity days, complete 60 hours of unpaid work and his licence was endorsed with six penalty points.

The judge also ordered McGurk to pay GBP1,200 in court costs within three months and pay an additional victim surcharge.

References

  1. ^ Gloucester Crown Court (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Gloucester (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  3. ^ Mr Hester previously released to Gloucestershire Live (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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