Angry driver knocked off cyclist his bike along Myton Road

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A driver who reversed into a cyclist who had banged on his window, knocking him from his bike, has been ordered to pay him £100 compensation.

Matthew Scarpellino, aged 25, of Hampton Road, Warwick, had originally been charged with causing bodily harm to cyclist Richard Green by ‘wanton and furious driving’.

But when he first appeared at Warwick Crown Court last year, that had been amended to an allegation of assault causing actual bodily harm, which he denied.

And, following a further amendment to the indictment, he pleaded guilty to an offence of dangerous driving, for which he was given a conditional discharge for 12 months.

Judge Sylvia de Bertodano also banned him from driving for 12 months, which is the minimum for dangerous driving, and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to Mr Green and a £60 victim surcharge.

The court had heard that in May 2013 Mr Green, who was a keen cyclist, was riding a triangular circuit from Coventry to Warwick and then Leamington before returning to Coventry.

He was cycling along Myton Road towards Leamington when Scarpellino came up behind him in his car as he reached a refuge in the middle of the road.

There was horn-blowing from the defendant, and ‘a bit of argy-bargy between them’ as he went close to the bike to overtake at a point where the road was constricted by the refuge.

“The rider is angry and strikes his hand out and hits the window of the car as it goes past,” prosecutor Charles Gardner told the court at an earlier hearing.

“The defendant pulls up quite sharply and the rider pulls up as well about two metres behind. Reverse gear is engaged and the car is then driven backwards.”

It collided with the bike, knocking Mr Green off, as a result of which there was some damage to the bike and Mr Green had grazing to his elbow and knee.

Scarpellino then drove off, but was traced by the police later that day.

Following an adjournment after Scarpellino had entered his plea, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano commented: “This was an altercation with a cyclist. It matters not in the least whose fault it was.”