Pick up truck driver ends up in court after being attacked leaving Grimsby hospital car park

-Credit: (Image: GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)
-Credit: (Image: GrimsbyLive/Donna Clifford)


A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that Jeffrey Lewsam was the defendant in this case. In fact, the defendant's name is Ben Newman and Jeffrey Lewsam has no relation to this story. We are happy to clarify this and apologise for the error.

Violence flared at Grimsby's hospital when a man attacked a motorist driving his pick-up truck out of a car park.

CCTV shown at Grimsby Crown Court captured the man punching at the driver's window and kicking the door as he attempted to drive away. He grabbed a metal bar and used it to strike the truck.

Ben Newman, 44, of Southfield Road, Grimsby, who was at the wheel of the vehicle, did not initially respond. But moments later he drove at the man who ran off over a grassed area.

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As he manoeuvred the large vehicle to drive towards the man, he crashed into an ANPR camera, demolishing it, and also drove through low fencing around the grass area at the exit to the car park.

Newman admitted dangerous driving and criminal damage at 6.20pm on March 26, last year. Prosecuting, Holly Thompson showed the CCTV footage.

It captured Newman exiting the automatic barrier-controlled car park. He was chased by the man who started punching and kicking at the vehicle, before grabbing a metal bar and striking the vehicle.

Miss Thompson said Newman had attended at the hospital to visit his ex-partner and was in the waiting room when there was a confrontation with the woman's current partner. Both men were invited to leave the waiting room.

Minutes later, as he exited the car park in his vehicle, the violence flared. Miss Thompson said the other man was still being investigated by police.

Judge John Thackray KC said: "He should be prosecuted in my judgement. Both of them should be in the dock together."

For Newman, Craig Lowe said his client handed himself in at a police station. Judge Thackray said: "It is the complainant, and I use the term neutrally, who was being extremely aggressive. He had some kind of weapon. Initially you did not react, quite properly. But then you drove towards him. It was not a determined effort to run him down."

He imposed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He also ordered Newman to complete a 12-month community order with 15 Rehabilitation Activity days and 100 hours of unpaid work.

The motorist was also ordered to pay £5,000 in compensation for the damage. He was banned from driving for 12 months and must take an extended retest.