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Published on Jan 17, 2012
On 4th November 2010 while cycling into work I was subjected to a barrage of abuse from a motorist, Scott Lomas, which culminated in a threat to kill me. I have documented in my blog the efforts I have had to make to get action taken after I reported this to the police.
Today Lomas was finally convicted, on his plea of guilty, to the Public Order Act offence of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress.
It transpires Lomas was in breach of a suspended prison sentence imposed by the Crown Court in April 2010 following his conviction of a crime of violence, malicious wounding, He was not referred back to the Crown Court for consideration of whether to activate that earlier sentence.
For the offence involving me, he was fined £250, a victim surcharge of £15 and prosecution costs of £300 (total £565).
It is sadly too much to hope that all mindless aggression and violence directed at cyclists will instantly cease but at least this conviction may help to discourage similar incidences of mindless 'roadrage' against vulnerable road users. I hope it may also serve to encourage police officers to treat complaints of this type of crime seriously. I commend the CPS for having the moral fibre to reverse the Metropolitan Police Constable's attempts to drop this case, notwithstanding the strength of the evidence due to the my use of a helmet mounted camera. I am grateful to prosecuting counsel (a cyclist it transpires!) who dealt with the case today both efficiently and courteously. Finally I am grateful too for the moral support I have received from the CTC, Roadpeace, The Road Danger Reduction Forum and the vast majority of cyclists who have contacted me.