Beds, Herts & Bucks

Maple Cross man drove into group 'in blind rage'

A man who was "almost blind with rage" drove his car at a group of men causing one "enduring brain damage", a court has been told.

Nathan Rutter, 20, of Longlees, in Maple Cross, Hertfordshire is accused of driving a car which hit a man in Uxbridge Road, Rickmansworth, on 5 May.

Mr Rutter denies the attempted murder of Michael Robb and an alternative charged of causing GBH with intent.

The jury at St Albans Crown Court heard he had admitted dangerous driving.

He has also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Football match

Mr Rutter, a barman, had been knocked to the ground in a row with four men from Aberdeen, who he accused of staring at his girlfriend, the court heard.

Prosecutor Michael Speak said after an argument with the group Mr Rutter was "clearly almost blind with rage".

Mr Speak added: "He jumped in his car and drove up the road at those people at a speed in excess of 30mph, but less than 40. He drove straight at them.

"Mr Robb went on to the bonnet of the car. His head hit the windscreen with some considerable force."

Mr Robb suffered bleeding to the brain and a fractured skull.

Along with his friends, he had travelled down to watch the football match between Watford and Leeds.

Mr Speak said Mr Robb could not remember anything about what happened.

He said Mr Robb was first treated in hospital in Paddington, west London for a week before being transferred to Aberdeen.

A report on his condition in July said he was receiving help at a specialist centre for slurred speech and was given therapy to help him walk and build up his strength.

He has also suffered memory problems, his spelling has deteriorated and he had lost 70% of the hearing in his right ear.

Mr Rutter told the police he did not intend to hurt anybody and that Mr Robb stumbled in front of his car. He claimed it was his intention only to scare the group.

The case continues.

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