Man attacked motorist with wheel brace

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A MOTORIST was attacked by a man brandishing a wheel brace in Washington.

He had been travelling to the Galleries shopping centre at lunchtime on October 2 when Dean Naismith started veering his vehicle towards him and blocked him in.

Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told Newcastle Crown Court: “The defendant got out and was in possession of what witnesses believed to be a wheel brace. He was described as being extremely angry and agitated.

“He hit the driver’s window 10 to 12 times before it eventually smashed, covering him in glass.

“While doing this, he was shouting and gesturing for him to get out of the car. He didn’t do so.”

Two weeks later, another motorist and his 22-month-old daughter were on their way to pick up his wife and newborn baby from hospital in Newcastle when their car was attacked by Naismith.

The 35-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted affray, criminal damage, offensive weapon and common assault, and was jailed for three years.

In 2007, he was jailed indefinitely for stabbing two members of staff at a pub in Manchester, but was released on licence in 2011.