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Man jailed for striking pensioner with steering lock in vicious road rage attack

Malcolm Dutton
Malcolm Dutton

A 34-year-old man has been jailed for repeatedly hitting a pensioner over the head with a metal steering lock in a road rage attack.

Malcolm Dutton, of Wagtail Way, in Portchester, Hampshire, UK, was sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court to 33 months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm without intent.

The court heard that the assault took place in Wagtail Way on August 28 last year following a driver dispute on the A27 between Fareham and Portchester.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: "Dutton approached the victim's vehicle and then assaulted him, leaving the victim with injuries to his head which required hospital treatment. The victim is now recovering from his injuries at home."

The weapon used in the brutal attack

Detective Constable Duncan Green said: "This was a particularly nasty attack with a weapon that was totally unprovoked. I'm pleased that the sentence reflects the seriousness with which the courts take this kind of assault, which was extremely traumatic for the victim.

"I'd also like thank the intervention of two witnesses who prevented the victim's injuries from being more serious.

"Quite simply, this kind of 'road rage' behaviour will not be tolerated. This case sends a clear message that we will investigate and prosecute anyone who is involved in this kind of serious incident."