A 23-year-old man accused of deliberately hitting a cyclist with his car in Gloucestershire has been found not guilty by a jury in Gloucester Crown Court.
Daniel Mansell of Cam, Gloucesterhire was discharged by the judge on Wednesday after being found not guilty of dangerous driving and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm, reports the Gazette.
Barnes was at the back of a group of seven or eight cyclists in Stinchcombe on November 16 2015 when Mansell passed in his Volkswagen Polo car, reportedly clipping Barnes with his wing mirror.
Barnes then remonstrated with Mansell over the incident. According to the prosecution, Mansell then drove at Barnes, causing him to jump up onto the bonnet of the Polo to avoid being hit. As Mansell braked, Barnes was thrown to the ground. Mansell then drove over Barnes’s bike, damaging it ‘beyond repair’.
An independent witness had reported that Barnes had banged on the side of Mansell’s car after the original incident, and reported that Mansell appeared to be ‘driving aggressively’.
Mansell denied that he had any intent to harm Barnes, and said that he could not remember whether Barnes had jumped onto the bonnet of his car. He said that he was trying to get away after being ‘harassed’ by the cyclists.