Dad drove into teenager in re­venge at­tack

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A“FU­RI­OUS” dad used a car to mount a re­venge at­tack on a teenager who stabbed his son.

Sonny Gil­heaney was dead set on ret­ri­bu­tion af­ter his 18-year-old son, also called Sonny, was slashed in the face.

Bris­tol Crown Court heard Gil­heaney was driv­ing his son in a VW Touran when he tracked down the 17-year-old deemed re­spon­si­ble and drove at him, scream­ing: “He’s just stabbed my son, I’m go­ing to ****ing kill him!”

Gil­heaney then drove at the teenager and struck him, break­ing his left an­kle.

The 49-year-old, of Broad Croft in Patch­way, pleaded guilty to caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing on Novem­ber 5 last year.

Judge Brian Forster jailed him for 32 months and banned him from driv­ing for five years.

Gil­heaney was or­dered to pass an ex­tended driv­ing test be­fore re­turn­ing to the road.

The judge said: “Re­venge is some­thing that has to be de­terred.

“You can’t live by the rules of the Wild West and go out on the street and sort out your prob­lems.

“It was ter­ri­fy­ing for all those in­volved.”

Alun Wil­liams, pros­e­cut­ing, said con­cerned witnesses looked on as Gil­heaney drove on Eden Grove, Fil­ton.

When he caught site of the 17-year-old deemed to have slashed his son, and a younger lad, he was heard to say: “Get out and give them a beat­ing” to his boy.

The boys ran but Gil­heaney pur­sued them in the car, the court heard.

At one stage he mounted the kerb and sand­wiched the 17-yearold be­tween his car and a build­ing.

One wit­ness de­scribed how he was shocked and scared by what hap­pened and dragged his child off his bike and into a shop for safety.

Later Gil­heaney and his son at­tended South­mead Hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice alerted to the in­ci­dent iden­ti­fied them but they did not co­op­er­ate with of­fi­cers and made no re­ply when cau­tioned.

Gil­heaney was then in­ter­viewed and made no com­ment, Mr Wil­liams said.

Emma Martin, de­fend­ing, said her client knew he had com­mit­ted a se­ri­ous of­fence.

She said: “See­ing his son in­jured made him com­pletely lose his cool.

“He saw red and he could see noth­ing but im­me­di­ate re­venge.

“He was ut­terly tun­nel vi­sioned, he was fu­ri­ous and he can’t escape that.”

Miss Martin said her client was a fam­ily man who had acted “com­pletely out of char­ac­ter”.


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