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"Cavalier" driver Christopher Robert Brown laughed after he hit woman's car at Falmouth

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

A MOTORIST reversed into a parked car as he came out of a driveway and laughed at the owner when she challenged him, Truro magistrates heard.

Christopher Robert Brown, 60, an engineer living at Denyer Court, Meadowbank Road, Falmouth, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Pit Meadow, Falmouth, on November 14, and to failing to stop after an accident, and failing to report it.

Brown was fined £335 with £118 costs and surcharge, and was banned from driving for 56 days.

Alison May, for the prosecution, said Brown caused a 12in scratch to the parked Audi. When its owner sounded her horn and shouted he stopped, laughed, said the scratch had been there before and that he was running late, and was going. The Audi driver suffered discomfort in her neck as a result of the jolt.

Solicitor Polly Morley, for Brown, said he had been having a difficult year, particularly in November; a friend had recently come out of hospital, and his partner had been taken ill.

At the time of the incident, he was not concentrating on what he was doing.

He did stop, but did not exchange details and did not report it. He was remorseful.

District Judge David Parsons told Brown he had displayed a cavalier attitude to the other motorist, an aggravating feature of the case, which involved serious offences.

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