Great Bentley man cleared of assaulting plumber
PUBLISHED: 20:28 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 20:28 21 March 2019
An Essex man accused of losing his temper and driving his car at a man after seeing his car parked outside his partner's house has been cleared by a jury.
Giving evidence during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court David Chambers claimed that although he hadn’t been staying at the woman’s house every night they had still been in a relationship and he was “deeply hurt” and felt betrayed when he saw plumber Mark Wilkinson’s car on her driveway in Golf Green Road, Jaywick.
Chambers told the court he had visited the woman earlier that day with a bunch of flowers and claimed they had said they loved each other.
He denied being angry and threatening to smash up Mr Wilkinson’s car and then driving his car at him, striking him in the knee.
He also denied ramming Mr Wilkinson’s car and claimed the damage was caused when Mr Wilkinson climbed into his car through the passenger door and punched him while holding him in a headlock.
Chambers also denied threatening to burn down Mr Wilkinson’s chalet in Jaywick before driving off.
Cross-examined by Timothy Kiely, prosecuting, Chambers denied wanting to teach Mr Wilkinson a lesson because he “feared the worst” when he saw his car at the woman’s house.
Chambers, 38, of De Vere Estate, Great Bentley, denied driving a Vauxhall Corsa on Golf Green Road dangerously, assaulting Mr Wilkinson causing him actual bodily harm and threatening to burn down his chalet on July 28 last year and was found not guilty of all the offences.
It was alleged that Mr Wilkinson had been due to take Chambers’ former partner out on a date when he heard the defendant shouting outside.
Mr Wilkinson allegedly heard Chambers threatening to smash up his car and went outside.
Chambers had then allegedly used his car as a weapon and drove it at Mr Wilkinson a number of times at speed.
On one of the occasions the car allegedly caught Mr Wilkinson on his left leg causing pain to his knee.
At one stage Mr Wilkinson climbed into the car through the passenger door in a bid to stop Chambers but fell out of the vehicle injuring his head, elbow and buttocks, said Mr Kiely.
As Chambers drove off he allegedly threatened to burn down Mr Wilkinson’s chalet that night.