Man jailed for hit-and-run

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A motorist who ran down a man in Stowmarket has been jailed.

Stuart Bass,25 of Steeles Road, Woolpit, sped away from the scene and later set light to his Land Rover in an attempt to cover his tracks, a court heard.

The incident on September 18 last year in Navigation Approach, Stowmarket, left Aaron Laflin, 19 of Stowmarket, with a broken leg after being thrown into the air during the collision.

Prosecuting Michael Crimp said the incident followed a series of confrontations between two groups in the town.

Before being struck by the Land Rover, Mr Laflin had been assaulted with a metal pole by someone else.

Mr Crimp told Ipswich Crown Court that a witness claimed to have overheard Bass threatening to run over Mr Laflin with his vehicle.

Bass pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice by reporting his vehicle stolen and setting it on fire.

The attempt by Bass to destroy evidence had been ‘pathetic’ said Judge John Devaux who jailed Bass for ten months.

Judge Devaux also disqualified Bass from driving for two years and said he would be required to take an extended retest before being allowed to regain his licence.

Defending Richard Potts said there was a history between Bass and Mr Laflin.

Realising the seriousness of what he was doing, Bass had attempted to brake to avoid striking Mr Laflin but had been unable to avert a collision.