Motorist fined over filmed cyclist abuse


A barrister who filmed a motorist admitting threatening to kill him on a camera attached to his cycle helmet has said he is relieved justice has been served.

Martin Porter was making his regular 30-mile commute from Berkshire to London in November 2010 when he was abused by a driver who had struggled to pass him.

Scott Lomas, 25, of Feltham, admitted using threatening words or behaviour and was fined £250 at West London Magistrates' Court on 18 January.

Mr Porter later posted the footage on the video-sharing website YouTube.

In it he is heard asking Mr Lomas if he threatened to kill him.

Mr Lomas replies: "Yeah, I did."

The 49-year-old, who writes a blog called The Cycling Lawyer, said the case had taken so long because Lomas claimed he was originally told by police he would not face charges.

"He tried to argue it was unfair that he should then face a prosecution given the assurances he had been given, despite the strong evidence against him," added Mr Porter.

Correction 30 January: This report has been amended to clarify the exact charge against Scott Lomas.

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