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Hucknall man guilty of road rage

A general view of Nottingham Magistrates' Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

A general view of Nottingham Magistrates' Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

A Hucknall man was guilty of racist road-rage on his way home from a funeral, a court was told.

Nathaniel Robert Cox (28), of Ogle Street, confronted a psychiatrist of Indian origin, who was driving along Vernon Road in Basford on 17th September last year.

Cox was in “a highly emotional state” after the funeral of a family member, Jonathan Hullis (defending) told Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.

However, there was no justification for the way in which he “completely over-reacted”, said Mr Hullis.

The psychiatrist had just completed the assessment of a patient at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, and was following the police who were conveying the patient to Highbury Hospital in Bulwell.

Cox was a passenger in a car being driven by his partner that was close behind and over-reacted when the psychiatrist manoeuvred his vehicle at traffic lights.

Moments later, the psychiatrist again came across Cox’s vehicle, which had been “deliberately driven and positioned to intercept” him.

“Cox then got out of his car, swearing in an abusive and racist manner,” said prosecutor Zoe Henry.

Mr Hullis said Cox accepted shouting, but didn’t recall using racist language.

“It was not a substantial disturbance,” Mr Hullis continued. “He shouted his mouth off. But there is no suggestion that he caused damage to the car or assaulted the man.”

Cox was fined £130 and ordered to pay court costs of £200, plus a victim surcharge of £20.

 

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