Road-rage leads to headbutt assault

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A MAN who headbutted another after ‘an incident of road-rage’ has been ordered to pay his victim £200.

Nicholas Scott Guest, 23, of Ipswich Court, Bury St Edmunds, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Bury Magistrates’ Court last Thursday.

Prosecuting, Rosalind Cappleman told the court the assault took place on February 20 ‘after an incident of road rage’.

She said the victim, Josh Cocksedge, was driving between Great Ashfield and Elmswell when, after being overtaken by Guest and believing there could have been a crash, he sounded his horn, braked and pulled over.

Both men got out of their cars and Guest grabbed Mr Cocksedge by the scruff of the neck and headbutted his face, said Mrs Cappleman.

Mr Cocksedge had extensive swelling to his face and was treated at West Suffolk Hospital for a 1.5cm cut on the bridge of his nose and a blood clot in his right nostril, Mrs Cappleman told the court.

In mitigation, David Stewart said there had been an altercation between the two men but that Guest had ‘overreacted’ when Mr Cocksedge took ‘a swing at him first’ and missed.

Mr Stewart said: “He fully accepts that he has difficulty managing his anger and, until about two years ago, he was seeing a psychiatrist to deal with anger issues. He’s voluntarily attended an anger management course recently.”

The court was told by the probation service that Guest lacked victim empathy and had reported being diagnosed with Cluster B personality disorder and smoking cannabis once a fortnight.

Guest received an 18-month community order, to include supervision and attendance on an aggression replacement training course. He was ordered to pay £200 in compensation and £85 in costs.

The court took no action on a conditional discharge Guest had breached committing the assault.