Unlicenced driver jailed for belting cyclist in road rage incident
A TERRIFYING road rage attack in Victoria, during which a cyclist was chased down and belted in the face, has ended in jail for an unlicensed driver.
A Geelong court heard the victim, David Rourke, needed facial reconstruction surgery to have four titanium plates inserted after the ordeal, the Geelong Advertiser said.
Mr Rourke also underwent dental reconstruction.
The court heard Mr Rourke's attacker, Trevor Jones, had prior convictions dating from 1986, including a charge of assault with a weapon in 2007 for another road rage incident.
A suspended jail sentence imposed on Jones had only just expired at the time of his attack on Mr Rourke.
Jones, 46, of Oberon Drive, Belmont, pleaded guilty in Geelong Magistrates' Court yesterday to charges of recklessly causing serious injury, unlicensed driving and driving an unregistered car.
Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kerrie Moroney said the attack happened about 10.30am on May 23, when Jones was driving west in Reserve Rd, Grovedale.
"As he accelerated into the intersection of Torquay Rd, he almost collided with a cyclist," Sen-Constable Moroney said. "The victim gave Jones 'the bird' and rode off.
"Jones then drove after the victim, passed him and stopped in front.
"He got out of his car and walked back to the victim, who veered to try and avoid him.
"Jones then struck the victim to the face causing his nose to bleed heavily."
The prosecutor said the victim sat by his bike waiting for assistance while Jones got back in his car and drove off.
"Jones was later identified following a public appeal for witnesses," Senior-Constable Moroney said.