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road rage Jail for truck driver who bent motorist's fingers backwards while trying to take her mobile phone

He verbally abused her and then assaulted her. It’s a serious assault and serious case of road rage,” the judge said.

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Graham Doyle

Graham Doyle

Graham Doyle

A truck driver who verbally abused a motorist and assaulted her in a disagreement over who had the right of way on a country road has been sentenced to two months in prison.

Graham Doyle (40) was driving a lorry along a country road, delivering stone to a football pitch when motorist Kristine Borisevica met him while she was driving in the opposite direction.

Doyle refused to reverse into a nearby gateway to allow Ms Borisevica continue to travel along the road. An argument ensued over who had the right of way and both Doyle and Ms Borisevica got out of their vehicles.

Ms Borisevica started to record the verbal abuse Doyle was shouting at her and took an image of his registration plate.

Doyle then bent her fingers backwards while trying to take her mobile phone from her, Swords District Court heard.

The defendant, of Pearse Brother Park, Ballyboden in Dublin 16 was found guilty in his absence at a previous court sitting of using threatening and abusive behaviour and assaulting Ms Borisevica at Portrane Road, Donabate on May 25, 2019.

The court heard he did not appear for the hearing of the case as he “received some work that day.”

At his sentencing hearing, the defendant’s solicitor said his client “rejects some of the things.”

“He was delivering stone to a football pitch and was driving half way through a tight gateway. He said Ms Borisevica came on the scene and an argument broke out about access being prevented,” the solicitor said.

The solicitor said the injured party started to record him and he wanted to get the phone out of her hand to stop her recording.

At his sentencing hearing, Judge Dermot Dempsey said “It’s a very clear case of road rage.”

“The lorry proceeded up the road 50 yards and met Ms Borisevica and he refused to reserve back into a gateway,” Judge Dempsey remarked.

“He verbally abused her and then assaulted her. It’s a serious assault and serious case of road rage,” the judge continued and proceeded to sentence the defendant to two months in prison.

Recognisances were fixed in the event of an appeal.

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