Fit of road rage ends in car park
A ROAD rage attack on a man in the car park of McDonald’s was a case of mistaken identity, Gympie Magistrates Court heard yesterday.
Brisbane man Timothy Robinson and his family were travelling north on the Bruce Highway on Friday night, June 11. On the road at the same time was a group of three from New South Wales, one of whom ended up being bashed by Robinson.
In Robinson’s defence, solicitor Chris Anderson told the court his client’s car was “cut off” twice by the same vehicle on overtaking lanes south of Gympie.
“He tried to pass and got to the end of the overtaking lane and the vehicle swerved in front of him,” Mr Anderson said.
The court learned that Robinson, 44, became so enraged he followed the car to McDonald’s in Gympie, pulled up and bashed a man he saw standing next to the driver’s side of the vehicle.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said Robinson hit the man from behind and pushed him to the ground, inflicting injuries that included a broken tooth and cuts and bruising to his face.
She said the man was a passenger in the car and had been asleep on the back seat when the incidents were believed to have occurred. The court heard he had stayed with the vehicle when the driver and another passenger went inside McDonald’s to order.
“When he pulled up and saw the complainant standing at the driver’s side door he thought he was the driver,” Snr Const Manns said and told the court firefighters happened to be nearby and intervened.
“It is prosecution’s submission that this offence is extremely serious... a classic road rage incident (where) a passenger copped the brunt of the anger,” she said and asked Magistrate Maxine Baldwin to consider placing Robinson on probation even though it was his first offence.
Mr Anderson said his client was enraged and didn’t know the complainant was not the driver.
“He was not acting rationally at that stage... fortunately his children were asleep in the car.”
Mrs Baldwin said Robinson’s traffic history indicated that he was not “the most patient person on the road”. She said he had a number of speeding tickets and traffic infringement notices and since 2007 had lost 13 points for speeding, for which he was on a good driving behaviour bond.
“If you are not of sufficient mental ability to withstand the most stupid (actions on the road)... you shouldn’t be driving. It’s the duty of a responsible driver to maintain their cool in those situations,” she said and placed Robinson, of Freesia Street, Macgregor, on probation for 12 months.