A JUDGE has increased the sentence on a Beverley man who took vigilante action against a taxi driver parked illegally in the town because she defied his protest to move.
Thomas Morris, 61, went berserk slamming a garden fork into the bonnet of Christine Williamson’s Vauxhall Astra estate as she called to pick up a disabled passenger. She had parked illegally after finding normal parking slots full in Mill Lane, Beverley.
Morris, who has a previous conviction for violence, was walking towards his home when he took exception to Mrs Williamson’s position and slammed a carton of milk on the roof of her car, Hull Crown Court heard.
Stunned, Mrs Williamson got out and asked him what he was doing. Morris replied: “You should not be parked there.” She told him not to hit her car after explaining she was stopping to pick up a disabled customer.
Angry Morris who was holding the 4ft-long fork, was abusive and said he would hit her too.
Mrs Williamson watched in disbelief as he swung the garden fork onto he bonnet. He slammed it down twice – trying to teach her a lesson. Morris then picked up his shopping bags and calmly walked off to his flat in Watts Road, Beverley. Mrs Williamson followed Morris to his flat and called the police.
Morris was convicted at Beverley Magistrates’ Court in May of one charge of criminal damage and a section four charge of breaching public order. He was given a four-month home curfew. Claiming magistrates were wrong, Morris appealed to Hull Crown Court.
The former lorry driver told the court: “There is a lot of illegal parking in Beverley. It is dangerous not just for cyclists, but for pedestrians too. It is possible that I spoke to her about illegal parking.”
He said he could not remember the incident, but denied hitting the roof with a carton of milk or hitting the car bonnet. He accepted he had a gardening job but denied he had a fork. He said everyone knew him in Beverley.
Mrs Williamson, who regularly drives a taxi in Beverley said “I accept I was illegally parked. There was no where to park up the disabled spaces and the parking places were full.”
She said after he hit the car he told her to ring the police. “I said they will arrest you not me. He picked up his bags and turned and walked away. I was stunned and shocked. I did not know what to do.”
She said she could not afford to repair the damage after the incident on July 15 2011 and the dints are still in her car.
After a full-day appeals hearing at Hull Crown Court Judge Simon Jack told Morris he rejected his appeal and ordered him to pay a further £100 in costs as he was guilty of both offences.