Cyclist’s attacker spared jail

A MAN who attacked a cyclist two days after a road rage incident has been spared jail.

Scott Bailey, 30, punched, kicked and broke a chair over the victim’s back when he bumped into him in a cafe.

It came after an angry confrontation the pair had had two days earlier when Christopher Croll was riding his bike and Bailey was driving a car.

Bailey saw Mr Croll in the KwickSnax cafe in Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre on March 19.

Teesside Crown Court heard Bailey said to him: “When I get hold of you I’m going to kill you.

“You should have watched where you were going on your bike the other day, you shouldn’t have had your earphones in.”

Bailey left the cafe, but banged on the window and went back inside.

Sharon Elves, prosecuting, said: “He approached the complainant and grabbed him by the right arm before punching him to the top of his head with a clenched fist.

“The complainant fell to the floor and was kicked by the defendant.

“He picked up a metal framed plastic chair and hit him with it in the back causing it to snap.”

At the time, Bailey was still serving a two-year suspended sentence for causing actual bodily harm in October 2009 when he hit a man repeatedly with a metal bar.

He fled the cafe when security staff turned up and was arrested later.

Mr Croll suffered cuts and bruises to his head, wrist and back.

Richard Herrmann, mitigating, said Bailey had not committed any other crimes since the suspended sentence and had changed his life.

He said: “This is an appalling incident and he is well aware of that and knows the jeopardy he’s placed himself in.

“There was no attempt to seek him out, it was a chance encounter.”

Bailey, of Everett Street, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to common assault and criminal damage.

He was given a 12-month community order, told to do 190 hours unpaid work and pay £400 compensation.

Judge George Moorhouse said: “That offence committed in breach of a suspended sentence is so serious as to justify a custodial sentence.

“I have read your references which speak very highly of you. They say you are a changed character.

“You are only 30 and you pleaded guilty. You complied with the terms of the suspended sentence and the complainant of this offence only received limited injuries.

“I’m going to give you a final chance.”