successfully prosecuted James Bates at Canterbury Crown Court for driving his car into a crowd of people standing outside a pub in New Romney, Kent.
Mr Bates pleaded guilty to one charge of grievous bodily harm (GBH) and six charges of attempted GBH. The 25-year-old was also disqualified from driving for five years.
Mr Bates was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment for what was described as a “revenge” attack on the pub’s customers.
Detective Constable Chris Brett described the incident as a
He said: “Considering the damage a car can cause, the people who were outside the pub at the time of the collision are fortunate their injuries were not worse. ”Regardless of injury, to be targeted in such a frightening and unprovoked way can have wide-reaching detrimental effects on those involved.”
is instructed in the most serious of criminal cases and has also established himself as an expert on disclosure issues. Don has acted as disclosure counsel in some of the most high profile criminal cases of recent years, including the prosecution of Andrew Coulson and others for “phone hacking”, and the prosecution of Levi Bellfield for the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler.