Lorry driving brothers not guilty of assault on fellow driver, jury decides

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Two lorry driving brothers have been acquitted of assaulting another driver following an incident on the A14 at Rougham.

James Piscina, 31, and his brother Jay, 30, were on trial at Ipswich Crown Court this week.

Both had pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm after the alleged attack on February 27, last year.

On Wednesday afternoon the jury returned a ‘not guilty’ verdict for both brothers.

The prosecution had claimed fellow lorry driver Stephen Pearson sustained a broken wing mirror as he tried to overtake a lorry driven by one of the Piscina brothers at Rougham.

Giving evidence, Mr Pearson said he stopped his lorry with the intention of getting the details of the other driver but after climbing from his cab he was assaulted.

Mr Pearson said that as he was punched and kicked he fell to the ground where the two brothers sat on him while continuing the attack.

Prosecuting, Andrew Shaw said that Mr Pearson tried to defend himself and when the attack did end, he tried to get the registration number from one of his attackers’ lorries but found it had been removed.

The court heard Mr Pearson was taken to hospital with extensive cuts, bruises, a split lip and suspected fractured ribs.

When questioned by police, James Piscina, of Pollards Villas, Bardfield Saling, near Braintree claimed that he had been head butted by Mr Pearson and he and his brother Jay, of Deanery Gardens, Braintree, had been acting in self defence.

Giving evidence, James Piscina told the jury that he had only returned to work in the week of the alleged incident after undergoing a hernia operation.

He said Mr Pearson had started the incident by head butting him and he and his brother were only trying to restrain Mr Pearson to prevent him causing more injury.