Conditional sentence for a driver who collided with another motorist

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An Italian restaurant worker convicted of a road rage attack was spared an immediate jail sentence to allow him to pay compensation to his victim out of his earnings.

Rafaelle Scarpati, 49, of Robson Crescent, Bowburn, admitted reckless driving and assault causing bodily harm at Durham Crown Court in April.

It was an attack on another driver, whom he repeatedly attempted to overtake, in his Jaguar XF VRM, on the A177 Durham Road to Bowburn on May 11, 2019.

When the motorist in front of him exited to reprimand him for the way he was driving, Scarpati slammed into his car, causing him to fall to the ground by the side of the road, before accelerating to leave the scene.

The victim, a caregiver whose son observed the incident, suffered from two fractured ribs and has been unable to work since, having been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Judge Ray Singh postponed the sentence in April to allow Scarpati to save money on his work to compensate the victim.

Upon returning to court, the sentencing hearing was informed that Scarpati had managed to save £ 1,400.

Imposing a 15-month sentence, suspended for two years, he ordered Scarpati to perform 120 hours of unpaid work and complete ten days of probationary activity.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £ 3,000, starting with £ 1,400, over the next 14 days and then at a monthly rate of £ 150.

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