A MOTORIST was sent to jail for ploughing into a man after a row over a parking space – with the victim left clinging onto a car bonnet for dear life, a court heard.
The red mist descended on Brian Hooper, 42, after victim Ashley Daubney pointed out he was not allowed to park in a motorcycle bay in a Tesco car park, resulting in his appearance at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The sorry tale resulted in Hooper being sent down for eight months by judge William Ashworth amid high drama.
As the defendant was being led down to the cells to begin his incarceration, his dad attempted to approach the dock to shake his son’s hand before swift intervention from the usher stopped him - resulting in the court official being insulted.
As Hooper, of Cawley Road, Chichester, dejectedly made his way from court, wails of ‘you’re a good man’ were heard coming from the family in the public gallery.
The court heard how troubled Hooper lost his rag last November after a dispute with Mr Daubney in a Tesco car park in Chichester,
Mr Daubney stood in front of the defendant’s car after Hooper had reversed over the victim’s girlfriend’s foot in the melee.
Prosecuting, Charlotte Morrish, said: ‘The defendant pulled into a motorcycle bay and was told by Mr Daubney he was not allowed to park there to which Mr Hooper replied “what’s it got to do with you?”.
‘The defendant then reversed over Mr Daubney’s girlfriend’s foot before Mr Daubney stood in front of the car to stop him driving off. Mr Hooper then drove at the victim resulting in him ending up being on the bonnet and clinging on as he was driven the full length of the car park at speed.’
A witness statement read out by Ms Morrish said: ‘I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.’
The court was told Mr Daubney has since not been able to attend his warehouse job for eight months after suffering crippling leg and spinal injuries – leading to him losing out on estimated £9,000.
In defence, Pierce Power, said Hooper, who suffers with mental health problems, was in a low mood on the day of the incident after a friend had died recently. He added: ‘Mr Hooper is not intrinsically a violent person.’
Judge Ashworth, sentencing Hooper, who admitted dangerous driving, said: ‘I cannot suspend the sentence after your failure to accept your actions.’
Hooper was also disqualified from driving for 28 months.