Road rage and a ter­ri­fy­ing re­venge or­deal


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A 26-YEAR-OLD man has been found guilty after putting a mem­ber of the pub­lic through a “hor­ren­dous or­deal” in a road rage in­ci­dent on the M4.

Ce­cil Kwakye of Ot­ter Way, West Dray­ton, con­tin­u­ously stopped his car in front of a 52-year-old woman on the mo­tor­way and even blocked her from leav­ing via a slip road.

The woman was driv­ing on the east­bound car­riage­way of the mo­tor­way at about 7pm on De­cem­ber 19 2016 when Kwakye joined at Junc­tion 10 for Read­ing and pulled in front of her with­out in­di­cat­ing, po­lice said. The BMW driver flashed her head­lights at Kwakye who then stopped his ve­hi­cle in front of her, in the fast lane of the busy mo­tor­way.

The vic­tim ma­neu­vered her car around Kwakye’s but he kept stop­ping in front of her un­til she felt forced to leave the mo­tor­way in “con­sid­er­able fear”.

When she at­tempted to take an exit and turn off, Kwakye pre­vented her from leav­ing the mo­tor­way by block­ing the slip road with his car, Read­ing Crown Court heard.

The west Lon­doner forced the vic­tim to pull into the hard shoul­der twice, on one oc­ca­sion stop­ping in front of her and then re­vers­ing down the mo­tor­way, to­wards her.

The BMW driver man­aged to stop her car on the hard shoul­der at Junc­tion 5, near Slough, and po­lice at­tended, ar­rest­ing the 26-year-old at the scene.

He was charged with one count of dan­ger­ous driv­ing on Jan­uary 28 2017 and found guilty unan­i­mously by a jury at Read­ing Crown Court on Tues­day Oc­to­ber 3.

He is due to be sen­tenced at a date yet to be con­firmed.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer, PC Mar­cus Au­doin of the Roads Polic­ing Unit, said: “This was a sus­tained road rage in­ci­dent dur­ing which Kwakye put a mem­ber of the pub­lic through a hor­ren­dous or­deal by pur­su­ing her for many miles along the mo­tor­way.

“Dur­ing the pur­suit he per­formed a va­ri­ety of dan­ger­ous ma­noeu­vres, in­clud­ing brak­ing to try and force her to a stop her ve­hi­cle, all be­cause she flashed her head­lights at him.

“When the vic­tim stopped her car on the hard shoul­der in the hope Kwakye would drive off, he stopped and re­versed to­wards her ve­hi­cle.

“Kwakye showed no con­sid­er­a­tion for the safety of the vic­tim or other road users. He put the vic­tim in con­sid­er­able fear.

“On be­half of the po­lice and the pub­lic, I am grate­ful to the vic­tim for pro­vid­ing her ev­i­dence to the court re­sult­ing in this con­vic­tion.”

The road rage or­deal took place on the east­bound M4

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