Driver ac­cused of throw­ing rocks at pass­ing ve­hi­cles

Jury told 37-year-old put driv­ers’ lives at risk

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Development Update - By Keith Hunt

A de­liv­ery driver put the lives of pass­ing mo­torists at risk as he threw rocks at their cars “seem­ingly for his own amuse­ment”, a court heard.

Over an eight-month pe­riod, it is al­leged Glynn Wil­liams dam­aged 16 ve­hi­cles and in­jured two driv­ers in an area about 11 by 11 miles in the “high weald” of Kent cov­er­ing Cran­brook, Be­nen­den, Bid­den­den, Rol­ven­den, Goud­hurst and Sand­hurst.

A jury at Maid­stone Crown Court was told that on each oc­ca­sion 37-year-old Wil­liams was de­liv­er­ing in the area for Dart­ford-based United Par­cel Ser­vice (UPS) in a brown tran­sit van.

“Our ac­cu­sa­tion against him is time and time again while do­ing his de­liv­ery driv­ing in the TN17 and TN18 post­codes, he had the habit, for what­ever rea­son, of throw­ing rocks at pass­ing ve­hi­cles,” said prose­cu­tor Alex Rooke.

“We are talk­ing about 16 in­ci­dents. Two of those in­ci­dents, pos­si­bly three, led to in­jury. Only one was a static ve­hi­cle.”

Wil­liams, of North Street, Dart­ford, de­nies 16 charges of dam­ag­ing prop­erty be­ing reck­less as to whether life is en­dan­gered and two of as­sault caus­ing ac­tual One of the dam­aged wind­screens bod­ily harm be­tween Jan­uary and Au­gust 2015.

Mr Rooke told the court: “This case is not so much about dam­age to prop­erty, it is about the risk to life and limb.

“In plain English, some­body who throws a rock into a wind­screen of a car com­ing in the other di­rec­tion is ba­si­cally well aware they will dam­age that ve­hi­cle, and maybe in­tend­ing to do it, but there is a more se­ri­ous as­pect about not giv­ing a hoot about the blind­ingly ob­vi­ous.

“If you throw a rock at some­body’s wind­screen, they might swerve and hit a tree. Their life is en­dan­gered by some­body throw­ing th­ese rocks. When they are do­ing this, they don’t care what the con­se­quences are.”

Mr Rooke said the ev­i­dence against Wil­liams was cir­cum­stan­tial. There were mat­ters in com­mon which cropped up.

“There came a point where there had been in­ci­dents of rock throw­ing in this area,” he said. “Put two and two to­gether and make four and the iden­tity of Glynn Wil­liams came up.”

Photos were taken of him and he was iden­ti­fied as the UPS driver for those post­codes

“We have wit­nesses com­ing for­ward sev­eral months later,” said Mr Rooke. “They said they were driv­ing past a brown ve­hi­cle and their wind­screen was put in.

“There is a me­dia ap­peal for peo­ple to come for­ward with their sto­ries. There comes a point when light­ning strikes too of­ten in one place. We are look­ing at a large area.”

When ar­rested, Wil­liams de­nied be­ing the “UPS rock thrower” and claimed it was pos­si­ble some lo­cal peo­ple had it in for him.

The prose­cu­tor said it was in­ter­est­ing that Wil­liams vol­un­teered in in­ter­view that on 15 oc­ca­sions he ran­domly found rocks in his ve­hi­cle.

He added he thought it might be lo­cal peo­ple putting the rocks in his van.“You may find that a bit strange, a bit of a red her­ring,” Mr Rooke told ju­rors.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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