A PENSIONER who repeatedly rammed a contractor’s lorry with his JCB has been found guilty of criminal damage.
Robert Reynolds, 76, of Bardwell Hall, caused more than £2,500 damage to the lorry after an argument with a contractor who was working to remove flood water from Ixworth Road.
Graham Cane, a gully operative for Bagnall and Morris Ltd, has suffered from nightmares and flashbacks since the incident, which took place at around 11am on August 8 last year.
At a hearing at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday, the court heard that Reynolds had pleaded not guilty after claiming Mr Cane had threatened him with a J-bar tool.
But CCTV footage showed Reynolds arguing with Mr Cane before storming off, boarding his seven tonne digger and ramming the lorry six times.
The incident only stopped when Mr Cane moved the lorry. A passing milkman called the police.
According to prosecutor Anita Addison, Reynolds told police he had accidentally hit the lorry when trying to enter his own land.
Appearing in court as a witness, Mr Cane told the magistrates he had to move to safety after Reynolds drove the digger directly at him.
He said the attack had left him traumatised and asked the court for compensation.
“At the time of the incident I didn’t think a lot of it but on the drive home the seriousness of it sank in and I realised what could have happened to me,” he said.
Lead magistrate Paul Romaine found Reynolds guilty of criminal damage.
Sentence will be passed at a later date.
Reynolds did not appear in court and was not represented.