Ebbw Vale motorist cleared of dangerous driving
6:35am Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
A MOTORIST who hit the back of a car in panic after a love rival threatened him with a hammer has been cleared of dangerous driving.
Gareth Rowlands, 28, had followed his girlfriend, Gail Brain, who was in a Honda Accord with David Davies when the accident happened in Frost Road, Ebbw Vale, a court heard.
Mr Rowlands got out of his Vauxhall Astra to speak to Ms Brain but Mr Davies produced the hammer, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
The “terrified” driver quickly got back into his car and tried to reverse but panicked and went into first gear, hitting the back of the Accord, the court was told.
Mr Rowlands, of Ystrad Deri, Tredegar, was charged with one count of dangerous driving and an alternative count of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.
He denied both charges.
A jury found took just 22 minutes to find him not guilty of both charges and he was given an absolute discharge at Cardiff Crown Court on October 3.
The court heard this month that Mr Rowlands managed to reverse and turn round after the accident and Mr Davies threw the hammer at him, which smashed the rear window of his Astra.
Ms Brain and Mr Rowlands later split up, and she left him for Mr Davies, the jury heard.
Mr Rowlands said that he planned to report the incident on August 15, 2012, but changed his mind after he calmed down as he thought police would not be able to help.
The jury heard he then went to stay with his aunt in Tredegar and scrapped his damaged car at a yard a week later.
The court heard the Honda Accord sustained damage to the rear and was later written off.
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