Robber who drove car into victim in Clacton put behind bars and banned from road
A violent robber who rammed a car into his victim before attacking and mugging him has been jailed.
Scott Warner, of no fixed address, threw a pedestrian to the ground when he drove his Ford EcoSport into him at speed in Clacton last summer.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard the 29-year-old crashed into the victim’s leg in Skelmersdale Road on July 25 last year before stopping the car and chasing after the man, who had managed to get to his feet and was trying to run away.
Once he had caught up with his victim Warner then punched and kicked him until he was badly bruised, before stealing £40 from him and running away from the scene.
The 34-year-old victim, who had bruising to his legs and jaw, also suffered a fractured knee cap.
Warner went on the run after the attack and was arrested and charged by police in October.
The 29-year-old, who refused to comment when he was interviewed by police about the incident, appeared before Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, February 26.
He denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm (GBH) but admitted unlawfully and maliciously wounding, or inflicting GBH.
The prosecution accepted this position, and the judge sentenced him with this in mind.
Warner was jailed for three years for robbery, two years for GBH and one year for dangerous driving, to run concurrently.
He was also banned from driving for four years.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Daniel Jeffries, of Clacton CID, said: “This was a nasty and frightening incident and Warner can now reflect on his actions behind bars.”
Paul Honeywood, who represents the Pier ward where the incident took place, said he is pleased that Warner has been brought to justice.
“I am pleased to hear that the perpetrator of this awful crime has been not only arrested but convicted and brought to justice for his actions,” he said.
“I would like to praise the police for taking action against him and I hope that they will continue to take criminals like this off the streets in a timely fashion.
“This is an awful thing to happen to anyone.
He added: “I hope that the victim in this case is making a full recovery.”