A driver who left the scene after deliberately driving into a cyclist and knocking him off his bike in Richmond Park has been fined just £625 and given five penalty points.
Jon Weale, 29, from Kingston, Surrey was driving his Jaguar X-type on Sawyer’s Hill in the park on July 27 last year, when he drew alongside a cyclist, Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court heard.
According to Tom Ambrose in the Richmond & Twickenham Times, Weale’s passenger shouted abuse at the cyclist about who had right of way. Weale sounded his horn and the rider responded by swearing.
Weale then drove at the cyclist, knocked him off his bike, and drove away.
He pleaded not guilty to charges of driving without due care and attention and failing to stop.
The court fined Weale £100 for careless driving but did not endorse his licence. He was fined a further £250 and ordered to pay £250 costs and a victim surcharge of £25.
For the failing to stop offence he was given five penalty points.