Man convicted of dangerous driving in Bury St Edmunds

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A man has been convicted of dangerous driving following an incident in which a man was carried along on the bonnet of a van in Bury St Edmunds.

Luke Messetter, 39, denied the offence but today (Tuesday) he was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court.

Messetter, of St Andrew’s Drive, Fornham St Martin, was found not guilty of two offences of assault and one of causing criminal damage. The judge discharged the jury from returning a verdict on a charge of causing actual bodily harm.

The prosecution alleged that Messetter ‘lost it’ during an argument after turning up at the home of Caroline Longden, in Bury St Edmunds, on the morning of August 16 last year.

Miss Longden asked her son Ryan Tyler to come to the house.

Miss Longden’s daughter Kyra Tyler and her partner Andrew Vernoum also turned up and, together with Ryan Tyler, asked Messetter to leave, claimed Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting.

It was then that the alleged assaults took place and Messetter used his van to ram Mr Vernoum’s car and then driven at him. The court heard claims that Mr Vernoum was struck by the van and carried along on the bonnet for 150 metres.

Messetter said he had been acting in self-defence and denied having deliberately damaged Mr Vernoum’s car or driven towards him.

He was bailed and will be sentenced next month.