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Teenager fined after throwing brick through windscreen
11:47am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A 19-year-old man threw a brick through the windscreen of a car, showering the pregnant passenger and the driver with glass, Skipton magistrates were told.
Benjamin Ralph, who had fallen out with the driver, James Wildman, had overtaken Mr Wildman, cut in and forced him to do an emergency stop just beyond Cleatop roundabout at Settle.
Ralph pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage, assault and driving without due care. He was sentenced to two years community service and was ordered to pay £250 compensation, £85 court costs and a £60 victims surcharge.
Caroline Midgley, prosecuting, said Ralph, who was living in Mains View, Settle, at the time, had jumped out of his car, picked up a stone and threw it through the windscreen of Mr Wildman’s Vauxhall Astra.
It was alleged that Mr Wildman had earlier pushed Ralph to the floor, picked up a stone and threatened to smash the windscreen of Ralph’s car before he drove off.
Ralph told police he had not overtaken but had waited for Mr Wildman in a layby and then pulled out in front slowing down to make him stop. He denied throwing a brick and said he would not have done anything to damage his own vehicle.
John Mewies, for Ralph, read from a testimonial from his employer, a waste disposal company, describing him as a “stand-out member of the staff” who was enthusiastic and had been shortlisted for promotion.
Ralph had been suffering from acute depression because of personal problems and had received medical treatment.
He had now moved away from Settle which had been “the best thing he’s ever done”. He now lived at Burnt Yates, near Harrogate.