An angry builder shouted racist abuse at two men and hurled a large spanner which dented their van during a road rage row.
The incident happened when Peter Collins pulled out of a car park into into the path of a father and son in a van on Leicester’s Knighton Road West as they travelled towards Saffron Lane, reports Leicester Live.
The 57-year-old and the other driver, Satbir Alangh, were both in VW Caddy vans.
At the Saffron Lane junction next to Aylestone Leisure Centre, Collins indicated to turn right but swerved left at the last minute, again cutting up Mr Alangh’s vehicle, at 10.15 am on August 23, 2017.
Jaswinder Alangh, who was in the front passenger seat, said the two vans ended up alongside each other, in two lanes at the next set of traffic lights.
Mr Alangh snr said he wound down his window and simply told the defendant, whose window was already half down: “It doesn’t take a lot to indicate.”
He said the defendant replied “F****** p****, pull over then, I will show you indicators.”
Mr Alangh said his son moved forwards as the lights changed and added: “I felt threatened.
“An object was thrown at our vehicle, like a hammer.
“The driver threw it out of his window.
“If our vehicle was stationary it could have hit me in the face, but it struck the side panel causing a dent.”
His son, Satbir, said he heard the defendant’s “unnecessary” racial swearing and a loud bang.
How Collins caught by the police
He said his father rang the police and took a photo of the offender’s van as they followed for some distance, before giving up.
On returning to the scene they recovered a one-foot long wrench – later found to have the defendant’s DNA on it.
Collins, who is semi-retired from the family’s building firm, remained silent during his police interview.
He was convicted by jury of causing racially aggravated fear of violence and damage at Leicester Crown Court.
After the guilty verdicts, Mr Rowcliffe said, in mitigation: “It was a very unpleasant incident indeed which obviously caused upset and distress to the complainants.”
“He has no recent convictions; the last was 16 years ago.
“He’s successfully raised a family and is a carer for his elderly mother, whose health has deteriorated, visiting four times a day to attend to her needs.”
After sentencing, Collins to a 12 month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work, the judge asked him: “How do you feel about your behaviour that day?”
Collins replied: “I’m ashamed.”
He was also ordered to pay £2,800 prosecution costs.