Dou­ble road rage of­fender avoids jail term af­ter threat­en­ing an­tics

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS -

A driver who was in­volved in two road rage in­ci­dents within the space of a fort­night has avoided go­ing to jail.

Gareth John­stone, 29, of Calder Grove, Ed­in­burgh, ad­mit­ted that on Septem­ber 2 last year at the Kings­gate Cen­tre car park, Dun­fermline, he be­haved in a threat­en­ing or abu­sive man­ner by shout­ing and swear­ing at a woman and threat­en­ing her with vi­o­lence.

He also ad­mit­ted on Septem­ber 15 at Church Street, In­verkei­thing, he as­saulted a man by punch­ing him on the head, and throw­ing a glass bot­tle at a sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cle with pas­sen­gers in it.

De­pute-fis­cal Car­rie Stevens told Dun­fermline Sher­iff Court the woman was driv­ing her car at lunchtime when she saw the ac­cused’s car be­hind her.

As she parked he came over and said: “Aw you’re a bird, I thought you were a dude. You’re lucky you’re a bird be­cause I was go­ing to bat­ter you. You shouldn’t cut peo­ple up.”

Less than a fort­night later, a man was driv­ing through Rosyth at 8.20pm with his wife and sixyear-old son when he be­came aware of a car close be­hind him.

The driver pulled over to let him pass but John­stone stopped, got out, and shouted: “Come on then. Get out of the car”, be­fore swear­ing and threat­en­ing him with vi­o­lence.

John­stone then punched the man through the open win­dow and threw a bot­tle at the car.

So­lic­i­tor Roshni Joshi said it was clear her client had “anger and anx­i­ety is­sues”.

Sher­iff MacNair told John­stone: “These were two out­ra­geous in­ci­dents of road rage com­mit­ted within a fort­night.”

He or­dered him to carry out 225 hours of un­paid work and im­posed an 11-month re­stric­tion of lib­erty or­der.

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