Road rage incident

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A motorist who assaulted a pedestrian in a road-rage incident has been given a community order.

Sean Devlin was walking along an unadopted road near Tesco in Hadfield on October 11 when a car began travelling along the road in the opposite direction, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. As the car approached Mr Devlin, it moved to go around some potholes, but came close to Mr Devlin, who swore at the driver, prosecutor John Cooper said.

Driver Ian Craig Winterbottom then stopped his car and confronted Mr Devlin, before punching him once in the face.

Winterbottom, 52, of Rhodeswood Drive, Hadfield, admitted assault by beating.

Kirsten Collings, defending, said Winterbottom admitting pushing Mr Devlin, but not punching him.

She added: “He thought he had enough room to get past the pedestrian. The pedestrian clearly didn’t think so and was abusive to him.”

Winterbottom was given a community order with an eight-week curfew from noon to 10pm. He must also pay £85 costs, a £60 surcharge and £100 compensation to Mr Devlin.