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Driver who “tried to scare cyclist” but ended up running him over jailed for using car as “highly dangerous weapon”

The cyclist had asked the driver to drive carefully, but the driver replied saying, “F*** off or I’ll f*** you”

A driver who used his car as a “highly dangerous weapon” to run over a cyclist in a road rage incident, leaving him with life-changing injuries, has been jailed for 18 months in order “to deter similar attacks”.

62-year-old Richard Caseby was cycling back to his home on a Saturday morning in January last year, when the driver of a Vauxhall Corsa almost hit him at the Sun in the Sands roundabout on the A2 in Blackheath, London.

Once he drew level with the driver at a traffic light, Caseby, a former managing editor of The Sunday Times and The Sun, asked him politely “to keep an eye open for cyclists as I’d had a narrow escape”, but the driver swore at him and said, “F*** off or I’ll f*** you”.

As soon as both of them set off, Caseby said that he was carried along on the bonnet of Georgiou’s car, which hit the kerb, throwing him against a brick wall. He suffered serious fractures to his left leg and ankle and a damaged shoulder.

The driver, Marios Georgiou, 52, has now been sentenced by the Woolwich Crown Court to 18 months in prison. The Times reports that Judge Philip Shorrock told the driver: “You used your car as the equivalent of a highly dangerous weapon, albeit you intended to scare him.”

He said a jail sentence was required to “deter you or anyone else from behaving that way in the future”.

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Georgiou claimed that he was only trying to scare Caseby, who he feared would damage his car as another cyclist had left a dent after punching the vehicle during a confrontation five weeks earlier. He claimed as a result of hitting Caseby he now suffers from anxiety and depression and is being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Caseby suffered a broken left leg and ankle in three places and spent months on crutches, having to learn to walk again. A year on, he still suffers permanent pain and walks with a stick and a permanent limp and has been diagnosed with PTSD.

He told the court: “Marios Georgiou mowed me down in his car and left me with life-changing injuries.

“The attack has destroyed my basic fitness and dreams of an active retirement with my wife and friends. My orthopaedic consultant told me that my injuries are truly ‘life-changing’. In short, I will never be the same again.”

Caseby, who used to cycle “everywhere”, said: “Drivers are in a lethal weapon and if they lose their temper for a moment, they can kill you. I knew when I was clinging to the bonnet that if I let go, I would fall under the wheels and be killed.”

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The lawyer in mitigation, said Georgiou admitted the offences on the basis that he did not intend to injure Caseby but intended only to “scare” him.

Georgiou, a barber from Kent, declined to give evidence. He has been jailed for 18 months after admitting maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm shortly before the start of his trial last month.

He has received a nine-month concurrent sentence for dangerous driving. He has also been banned from driving for two years and nine months and ordered to take an enhanced driving test before being allowed back on the road.

Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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yupiteru | 8 months ago
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Unfortunately there is certain sort of person who sees going to prison as an occupational hazard of their lifestyle.

This type sees being jailed as a minor inconvenience and knows that it will increase their standing and move them up the 'ranks' in their little community when they get out.

This cell time will mean that they will have a never ending stream of anecdotes to share around the crack pipe on a cold winters night.

They are quite happy to drive without a license if they get banned.

Sounds crazy?  Well no, there really are people like this living around me in the south Wales valleys.

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Al999 | 8 months ago
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After nearly 50 years I've given up road cycling as this kind of aggressive sh1t happens all too often now
used to road ride 120mls a week and out with club on sundays and every ride was becoming a constant nag as to whether i would actually get home in one piece , so much so that it affected my mental health, so,,, gave up and confined meself to only riding on trails now maybe 2 times a month
Absolutely miss the road bikes but the motoring tw4ts have done me in

Even fitted camera's but local police ain't worth sh1t and refuse to act on anything 

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mctrials23 | 8 months ago
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"I was scared he was going to punch my car with his mighty fists so I drove into him and then drove into a curb and towards a wall."

I feel like a judge should just sit there and say "and thats another year, and thats another year" every time they wheel out some BS excuse for why they killed or nearly killed someone when they were driving like an utter bellend. 

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OldRidgeback | 8 months ago
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If I was the victim I'd be suing for damages. The driver has proven he's not fit to be behind the wheel. A permanent driving ban would be appropriate.

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Argos74 replied to OldRidgeback | 8 months ago
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Totally agree with you on the permanent ban. The legal aspect may be trickier, as third party liabilty might not be accepted by the vehicle insurer if it was a deliberate act. So any legal action may be against the driver directly rather than the insurer.

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Carior | 8 months ago
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Imagine going round waving a knife or a gun trying to scare people and actually stabbing/shooting someone by accident - now tell me that person would get away with only 18 months.

I will scream it until I turn blue that until we treat cars like the lethal weapon they are, we will never have truly safe roads - if someone uses a car as a weapon they should be treated as if they were using a gun!

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JulesC | 8 months ago
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At least it was a custodial sentence, wonder if the profile/standing of the victim helped that as so often we read about similar situations where the attacker is let off with a suspended sentence.

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srchar | 8 months ago
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"I feared the cyclist would damage my car, so I scooped him up onto the bonnet then crashed into a wall."

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Backladder replied to srchar | 8 months ago
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"I feared the cyclist would damage my car, so I pre damaged it myself, that'll teach him!"

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cyclisto | 8 months ago
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The driving ban of two years is too little for using car as lethal force.

A life time ban should be considered or if it seems too hard maybe a law should be made for people clearly responsible for serious accidents to be life time forced to drive Citroen Ami class cars that may not exceed 30mph.

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mctrials23 replied to cyclisto | 8 months ago
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Yep. If you use your car deliberately as a weapon thats it. You are done. Lifetime ban. For less serious but still bad offences you should be forced to install a GPS tracker that monitors your driving. 

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EM69 | 8 months ago
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Read most of the comments here regarding this story and as a cyclist who commutes daily and does a lot of road miles at the weekend to me, this idiot should be banned for life - no question. It's not at all comforting to leave the house each day knowing you could come across people like this and believe me there are many.  

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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 8 months ago
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Hopefully someone in stir will 'f**k' him over.  Just to scare him, mind. 

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hawkinspeter replied to BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 8 months ago
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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP wrote:

Hopefully someone in stir will 'f**k' him over.  Just to scare him, mind. 

I've never understood why some people glorify prison rape

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Secret_squirrel replied to hawkinspeter | 8 months ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP wrote:

Hopefully someone in stir will 'f**k' him over.  Just to scare him, mind. 

I've never understood why some people glorify prison rape

You do understand that the use of f**k in this sentence is not literal right?  Its a synomyn for "do over" "beat up" etc etc

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chrisonabike replied to Secret_squirrel | 8 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

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You do understand that the use of f**k in this sentence is not literal right?  Its a synomyn for "do over" "beat up" etc etc

You are likely correct on the semantics but I'm not sure it indicates a great difference in mentality.

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hawkinspeter replied to Secret_squirrel | 8 months ago
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Secret_squirrel wrote:

You do understand that the use of f**k in this sentence is not literal right?  Its a synomyn for "do over" "beat up" etc etc

Well, that wasn't how I interpreted it, but I also don't agree with prison as a means of enacting violence.

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espressodan | 8 months ago
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"he was only trying to scare Caseby... another cyclist had left a dent after punching the vehicle during a confrontation five weeks earlier. He claimed as a result of hitting Caseby he now suffers from anxiety and depression and is being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Every word of that defense makes this guy sound like a complete c$$t.

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Roulereo replied to espressodan | 8 months ago
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"another cyclist had left a dent after punching the vehicle" 

And now in our story on things that never happened.... 

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festina replied to Roulereo | 8 months ago
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If a previous cyclist hit his car he was obviously too close. Anyway "I was worried about him damaging my car so I smashed right into him makes no sense.

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Hirsute replied to Roulereo | 8 months ago
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No one knows if that happened as it was only a claim not a fact.
Even if the vehicle was damaged it would be rather important to find out how and why before drawing any conclusions. Was it self defense? Why was the vehicle so close ?

Do you actually have a bike ?
Do you even cycle?

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Roulereo replied to Hirsute | 8 months ago
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Yes, n+1 bikes if that even matters. 

Do I meet your "requirements" to be able to discuss this, Sir?

Your comment is confusing, perhaps you need more time to think about it. The perpetrator was claiming to be a victim of violence, which had no evidence whatsoever. I'm suggesting this was a lie. 

 

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Ride On replied to Roulereo | 8 months ago
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Hmmm imagine one innocent driver harassed by cyclists or much more likely the driver consistently drives dangerously.

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Muddy Ford | 8 months ago
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Not a great sentence, but we do need more judges like this who recognise this wasnt careless or dangerous driving but an assault with a deadly weapon.

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Croydon Cyclists | 8 months ago
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Anyone know if this 18-month sentence for GBH could be appealed under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme?

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Rendel Harris replied to Croydon Cyclists | 8 months ago
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Croydon Cyclists wrote:

Anyone know if this 18-month sentence for GBH could be appealed under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme?

Unfortunately not, there are only a limited number of offences that will be considered under the scheme and (as far as I know, not a lawyer) GBH isn't included.

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chrisonabike | 8 months ago
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Seems lenient - although if you look at violent offenses occasioning actual harm in general you can find some surprisingly low sentences.

This one is one of the few where I'd be entirely happy with a lifetime driving ban though - if only we could be bothered to enforce it.

Spoiler - that wouldn't be remotely cheap.  It doesn't mean we shouldn't be thinking now about these (even before the Great Review Of Road Crime (tm) coming real soon) though.   At least until we're up to the level of cycling the Dutch are at now...

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IanMSpencer | 8 months ago
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So his mitigation was he'd already been involved in another road rage incident...

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chrisonabike replied to IanMSpencer | 8 months ago
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Sounds like the incompetence paradox - what should make an offense worse is used to excuse it.  "In mitigation, it is harder for my client to control his violent rage than most - previous offences are the proof..."

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the little onion | 8 months ago
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Maybe I'm just looking for victories anywhere, but it is really quite good here to see the use of offence against the person (GBH) here. Normally when cars are used as weapons, it is treated as a driving offence, rather than a violence offence. Hopefully this becomes a norm - threaten someone and deliberately drive at them, and you get an assault/ABH/GBH/god-forbid-something-more-serious charge.

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