Jailed for ‘brutal’ road rage attack

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A MAN who repeatedly punched and kicked another motorist during a road rage attack in Sutton Bridge was jailed on Friday for 18 months.

Mark Anthony Smith (27) lost his temper with Wayne Reeve after the managing director blocked his way by parking in the middle of a tight street during a quick visit to one of his rented properties.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Reeve came across to speak to Smith after his car came to a halt and was then returning to his own vehicle when he was punched in the face.

Liz Fell, prosecuting, said a second man then got out of Smith’s car and held Mr Reeve’s arms back as he continued to punch him.

Miss Fell told the court Mr Reeve fell to his knees and was then dragged to the pavement where Smith kicked him in the head.

Mr Reeve’s partner, receptionist Donna Cage, later described the attack as so “brutal” that she had to look away. The attack was witnessed by other residents in Withington Street who came out into the road.

Police and paramedics attended the scene, and Mr Reeve was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn where he stayed overnight with injuries including a broken nose, and cuts and bruising to his face.

The fracture to Mr Reeve’s nose later required surgery and in a victim impact statement which was read to the court he revealed he had now lost his sense of smell.

In mitigation the court was told Smith recalled little of the attack after his red mist came down. The court heard he was wearing flip-flops and did not remember kicking Mr Reeve or a second person being involved in the attack.

Father-of-three Smith, who was living in the Wisbech area, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to Mr Reeve on July 4 last year.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told him: “You engaged in a sustained attack which was vicious and unprovoked, it was in the street and was out of road rage.”