Cyclist punched disabled driver who sounded horn in frightening road-rage
A cyclist who assaulted a disabled motorist has been jailed for 16 months.
Ian MacMillan, 29, lost his temper after the 59-year-old man sounded his
horn at him in rush-hour traffic in Sauchie, Clackmannanshire.
He stopped and threw his bike down in front of his Motability car, shouting
and swearing at him.
Stirling Sheriff Court heard the driver had to “stop abruptly”.
Prosecutor Kristina Kelly said the man, who is deaf, without speech,
breathes with the aid of a machine, has a tracheotomy in his throat, and
has metal plates and pins in his jaw, legs, hips and arms following a road
accident, then “alighted from his vehicle and utilised his walking aid by
waving it in MacMillan’s direction”.
MacMillan grabbed the aid and a struggle ensued, during which the man fell
to the ground and his throat stoma tube, normally taped in place, “became
MacMillan then punched him, knocking off his hearing aid and glasses. The
driver tried to pick up his hearing aid, but MacMillan kicked it further up
Miss Kelly said: “Mr MacMillan was still acting in an aggressive manner.
[The victim] got back into his car and drove towards where Mr MacMillan was
standing with his bicycle. Due to fear of being struck by the vehicle, Mr
MacMillan jumped onto the bonnet.”
He then began “jumping on the windscreen” of the Mini Countryman, which
The court heard there was a danger that the windscreen could collapse
completely with the driver underneath it, but it did not.
Miss Kelly said police were alerted by other motorists “concerned about the
disruption being caused”.
Officers arrived and MacMillan was detained.
The drivers injured amounted to “a small scuff on his ankle”, and being
“sore and stiff”.
The opening in his neck, where his stoma tube, normally taped in place, had
become dislodged, was red and tender.
MacMillan, of Branshill Park, Sauchie, pleaded guilty to assault under
The incident occurred at 5.50pm on September 17 in Parkhead, Sauchie,
Solicitor Roberto Manini, defending, told the court [on Wednesday] that
witnesses had described the driver about to hit MacMillan with his walking
aid before MacMillan grabbed it.
He added: “This happened during the pandemic. It was almost as if Mr
MacMillan was paranoid all the time. It’s his perception of reality that’s
Sheriff Derek Hamilton said he had no alternative but to impose the
He said: “This was an appalling piece of behaviour involving a disabled
MacMillan showed no emotion as he was handcuffed to a security guard and
led downstairs to the cells.