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I feared for my life as brother drove 4x4 at me
Published 09/06/14



A MAN feared he would have been killed after his brother drove at him and narrowly avoided hitting him with his Mitsubishi Shogun, a court heard.

Steven Conway, 49, of Firs Cottage, Satwell, Rotherfield Greys, was found guilty of common assault not by beating on Thursday last week.

A trial at Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard that the father-of-three and his brother Harry co-owned Conway Farm in Satwell and had been involved in on-going legal dispute over its future for a “number of years” and their relationship was “strained” as a result.

Prosecutor Mark Moorcraft told the court that on October 16 last year just before 9am Harry Conway had been taking a wheelie bin down the driveway of the property to put out for collection.

He said: “As he approached the end of the driveway Mr Steven Conway arrived in his vehicle and was turning left from the main road into the driveway.


“The allegation is at this point Mr Steven Conway then drove at Mr Harry Conway and the bin.”

Mr Moorcraft said his actions put Harry Conway in fear that he was going hit and added: “He jumped or had to move put of the way very quickly.”

Steven Conway hit the bin sending it “flying down the driveway” onto it’s side with rubbish coming out of it, he added.

He then proceeded up the driveway, turned around, and drove back down the driveway.

Harry Conway had walked up the driveway and Mr Moorcraft said Steven Conway started driving towards his brother as he was coming up the driveway revving the engine and smoke coming from the exhaust.

He said Harry moved out of the drive onto a grass verge saying: “As he feared for the second time that he would be hit or could be hit by the vehicle.”

Magistrates were shown CCTV footage of the incident and Mr Moorcraft said the 4x4 was used “almost as a weapon”.

Harry Conway told the court he lived next door to the farm and part of his routine was putting the bin out every Wednesday around the same time.

He said: “He basically aimed the car towards me.

“He has a short fuse and basically saw red as far as I’m concerned.”

He told the trial that he moved to the left hand side onto the grass and left the bin where it was.

“If I’d stayed where the bin was, the bin was hit and travelled all the way down the driveway and that would have been me as well.”

Harry said his brother didn’t stop or reduce his speed but carried on up the driveway.

After having to move out of the way for a second time as his brother left Harry Conway said he called the police.

“Effectively having a car driven towards you I was shaken up. I called the police, I couldn’t take it anymore.”

Defence solicitor Martin Crawford-Brown said that his client had horses on the site that he needed to attend to on a daily basis morning and evening and that was his reason for visiting the farm that day.

He said there was a blind bend on the turn into the driveway and obstructions with a fence and hedgerows on either side.

Mr Crawford-Brown said Harry Conway had “propelled” the bin towards his brother’s car, a suggestion he denied, saying he simply let go of the bin.

“There’s definitely no way I pushed that bin towards the car,” he said.

The court heard that Harry Conway believed he had narrowly avoided injury or death if he had been struck by the car and he said: “I think it would have been death to be honest.”

But Mr Crawford-Brown responded: “It is extremely odd that a person who believed he has narrowly avoided death from the impact of a vehicle then continued to follow the trajectory of the vehicle.”

Harry Conway said it was not an isolated incident and told the hearing he had 13 CCTV cameras at his home on the recommendation of the police.

“That’s why you’re looking at footage here because I’m prepared for his behaviour,” he said.

Mr Crawford-Brown said there was no threat of contact with Harry Conway when his client turned his car around and drove back down the driveway.

He said Harry Conway’s action of moving out of the way was quite a “dramatic pose” and “far in excess of what might be a reasonable response to the vicinity of this vehicle to you.”

He said he was aware CCTV was recording and his actions were those of a “calculated individual” attempting to make things look worse than they actually were.

But Harry Conway told the court: “I feel I did the best thing and that’s why I’m still here.”

Steven Conway told the court he gave his brother plenty or room adding: “I’ve had the vehicle 20 years, I know how it handles. I knew I was going to get past him.”

He said the wheelie bin was “thrown” into the path of his vehicle and came as a “complete shock”.

“I was frightened, it wasn’t what I expected at all. I thought ‘right, I’ve got to get out of here, turn the vehicle around and go away’.”

Steven Conway said he stalled the car as he attempted to turn it around saying he was “shaken”.

“As far as I remember I was doing a full lock on the vehicle and I just wanted to turn it around.

“I knew that at no point I was going to come into contact with Harry.”

He admitted that the black smoke from the Mitsubishi had come from accelerating saying he feared for his safety and wanted to leave the scene and report the matter to the police.

He believed the whole incident had been “orchestrated” by his brother saying he knew when he arrived and that CCTV covered the area.

“I believe he saw an opportunity and took it,” he added.

Conway was given an 18 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay 770 costs.

The court heard that he had no previous convictions but had received a caution for assault in 2007.

Lead magistrate Stephen Vickers told Conway: “We have found on balance that you acted deliberately by driving towards the victim at speed, a victim you could clearly see.”

He said they had made the decision for the first part of the incident where Conway had arrived at the farm but added: “We have not found that on your return journey.”

He told Conway to “keep his nose clean” but said magistrates thought it was “extremely sad” a family dispute could have gone on for so long and added that they “wouldn’t want to add to the acrimony in your family”.



Ends

A MAN feared for his life when his brother drove at him in a 4x4, a court heard.

Harry Conway jumped out of the way in time to narrowly avoid being struck by the Mitsubishi Shogun driven by his brother Steven.

The incident was part of a long-running dispute between the brothers over the farm in Satwell that they owned jointly, Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard.

Steven Conway, 49, of Firs Cottage, Satwell, was found guilty of common assault and given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay 770 costs.

The court heard that the father-of-three and his brother had a “strained” relationship due to the legal dispute over the future of the farm which had being going on for years.

Mark Moorcraft, prosecuting, said the incident happened just before 9am on October 16 last year as Harry Conway was taking a wheelie bin to the end of the driveway for collection.

His brother had used the 4x4 “almost as a weapon”.

Mr Moorcraft said: “As Harry Conway approached the end of the driveway, Steven Conway arrived in his vehicle and was turning left from the main road into the driveway.

“Steven Conway then drove at Harry Conway and the bin. Harry Conway jumped or had to move out of the way very quickly.”

The 4x4 hit the bin, sending it “flying down the driveway” and on to its side so the rubbish spilled out, said Mr Moorcroft.

Conway continued up the drive and then turned around and drove back down it as Harry was walking back towards him.

Mr Moorcraft said Conway again drove towards his brother, revving the engine and Harry got on to the grass verge as he again feared he would be hit.

Harry Conway, who lives next door to the farm, said that on the first occasion his brother “basically aimed the car towards me”.

He added: “He has a short fuse and basically saw red as far as I’m concerned.

“The bin was hit and travelled all the way down the driveway and if I’d stayed where the bin was that would have been me as well.” On the second occasion he moved out of the way of the 4x4 and his brother drove off. He then called the police. “I was shaken up,” he said. “I couldn’t take it anymore.”

Mr Conway said that had he been struck “I think it would have been death, to be honest”.

He said this was not an isolated incident and that he had installed 13 CCTV cameras at his home on the recommendation of the police.

Martin Crawford-Brown, defending, suggested he had “propelled” the bin towards the car.

But Mr Conway said he had simply let go of the bin, adding: “There’s definitely no way I pushed that bin towards the car.”

Mr Crawford-Brown responded: “It is extremely odd that a person who believed he has narrowly avoided death from the impact of a vehicle then continued to follow the trajectory of the vehicle.”

He said that his client had been going to the farm as he had horses there. There was no threat of contact with Harry Conway when his client drove back down the driveway.

He said Harry Conway’s action of moving out of the way was quite a “dramatic pose” and “far in excess of what might be a reasonable response to the vicinity of this vehicle to you”.

His actions were “calculated” to make things look worse on the CCTV footage than they actually were.

Conway told the court he had left plenty of room.

“I’ve had the vehicle 20 years, I know how it handles,” he said. “I knew I was going to get past him.” He said the wheelie bin was “thrown” into the path of his vehicle.

“It wasn’t what I expected at all,” he said. “I thought, ‘right, I’ve got to get out of here, turn the vehicle around and go away’.”

He believed the whole incident had been “orchestrated” by his brother, adding: “I believe he saw an opportunity and took it.”

The court heard that he had received a caution for assault in 2007.

Lead magistrate Stephen Vickers told Conway: “We have found, on balance, that you acted deliberately by driving towards the victim at speed, a victim you could clearly see.”

He added that the magistrates thought it was “extremely sad” the family dispute had gone on for so long and they didn’t want to add to the acrimony.

Published 09/06/14

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