Fri, 10 Apr 2015
A man from Binley has been found guilty of wounding a driver during a row. Simon Hunka, prosecuting, told the jury the case was about road rage and happened on June 21st 2014.
It was heard, at Warwick Crown Court that Daniel McAuley dived through an open window of a car during the road rage incident and gouged at the drivers eyes before biting part of the victims ear off.
Mr Hunka said that the victim, Mr Hussain , was driving alone along Binley Road, in his Vauxhall Corsa while McAuley in the passenger side of a Peugoet 206.
When they reached a set of traffic lights whatever happened caused the defendant to confront the victim saying “Why did you do that?”
By the next set of traffic lights Mr. Hussain had overtaken the Peugoet and was in front of both cars when both cars had stopped.
A nearby witness said she saw McAuley get out of the Peugoet and go to the passenger side of the Corsa.
In a statement read to the jury she described to the jury how McAuley ‘dived through the open window’ before throwing a number of punches at the driver.
The Corsa then pulled away as the punches continued, and went round a corner where it crashed into a parked car.
But Mr Hunka told the jury: “In truth, what happened was worse than that.
“Having dived in through the window he was gouging at Mr Hussain’s eye with his fingers, and he bit his left ear. Part of Mr Hussain’s ear was removed as a result.”
In court McAuley accepted he had attacked Mr Hussain and admitted wounding him by biting his ear during the incident, but denied he had intended to cause him grievous bodily harm.
A jury at Warwick Crown Court took just 25 minutes to convict McAuley of wounding the driver with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, following this swift verdict the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on McAuley, who was granted bail.
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