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”.