‘Volcanic-tempered’ Craig Stonier punched a motorist several times in the face in a road rage incident.
The 29-year-old lost his cool after the man pulled up to reverse into his driveway without indicating.
The defendant punched or kicked the man’s vehicle following a verbal altercation.
Tensions then boiled over as Stonier struck the man three or four times to his head before making ‘I know where you live’ threats.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the victim was left with several fractures to his eye socket and a detached retina which needed surgery.
And about three months later the defendant lost his temper at a house party. During a prolonged incident he assaulted three woman, threatened one with a knife and caused criminal damage.
Now Stonier has been jailed for 40 months.
Prosecutor Caroline Harris said the first victim pulled over to reverse into his drive in Dunwood Lane, Endon, on March 1 last year when he heard a car horn sound.
Miss Harris said: “He had not seen anyone behind him. He and his partner pulled up in their car. She got out and was shouting and swearing. The defendant got out and the victim’s wife came out and there was an argument at the rear of the victim’s vehicle. Eventually the defendant and his partner got back in their car and drove past the Land Rover.
“The victim heard two loud bangs as if his car had been hit and he slapped the back of the defendant’s vehicle.
“The defendant got out and punched the man repeatedly to his face. He got back in his car and said, ‘I know where you live, I will be back with some friends’.”
In a victim statement the man – who has been left with a scar on his cheek – said he was affected physically, financially and psychologically.
While on bail the defendant attended a house party on June 21. He was drinking vodka and was behaving in an arrogant manner when at 2am he began shouting and swearing.
Miss Harris said: “He grabbed his girlfriend and threw her to the floor. She ran from the house.
“The defendant threw a punch at a man that missed.
“Two women tried to calm him down and a third ran upstairs to the children.
“The defendant followed and punched her to the face. He went in her daughter’s room and removed the quilt, waking the child.
“The defendant had a knife taken from the kitchen. He was waving it. The woman tried to protect her daughter. She was left with a 10 inch scratch to her thigh.
“The defendant marched the woman downstairs and she believed the knife was touching her back.
“A taxi arrived and one of the women told the driver to call the police.
“The defendant punched one woman to the head and pointed the blade at her face.
“The women managed to barricade themselves in a room.”
Stonier, of Sydney Drive, Kingsley Holt, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, affray, threatening another with a bladed article, three offences of assault and criminal damage. His plea to the GBH offence was on a basis that he felt threatened and acted in self-defence. He accepted punching his victim three or four times to the head but denied kneeing him in the face.
Jason Holt, mitigating, said in the first incident the defendant initially acted in self-defence but went ‘over the top’. He added Stonier has already spent nine months in custody.
Judge Paul Glenn said: “Your first victim had stopped his car outside his home address to reverse on his drive. He may well have been at fault. It appears he did not indicate and that resulted in your female passenger getting out to remonstrate with him.
“You made to drive off but in doing so you either punched or kicked his car and he responded by either slapping or, more likely, kicking the back of the car you were driving.
“You got out the car and punched him repeatedly to the face. The violence was short-lived. You returned to the car, made some unpleasant threats and drove off.
“While on bail you attended a house party. You were described as seething, raging and possessed.
“You armed yourself with a knife and demanded to know where your girlfriend was or you would kill them. Two of the women described being scared for their lives. You aimed a knife at a child.
“This was a prolonged incident.
“You quite plainly have a volcanic temper.
“Your future is in your own hands. If you continue to offend in this way the sentences will be longer and longer. I hope you can do something to prevent that.
“Your first victim could easily have lost his sight.”
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