Van driven in revenge at suspect

Kenneth McVittie
Kenneth McVittie
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A MAN who took the law into his own hands and mowed down a burglary suspect has been jailed.

Kenneth McVittie drove his van into the man as he crossed the road – then accused his victim of burgling his home.

The man denied it, but as he tried to get away McVittie said: “You are on bail for it, I’m going to kill you.”

And McVittie, of Kilmory Place, Bispham, has now been locked up for 12 weeks for his actions after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

McVittie’s victim had been arrested as a suspect following a burglary at the 46-year-old’s home – when a quantity of cash was stolen – but the case was not proceeded with.

He was hit by McVittie as he crossed Briarwood Drive, in Blackpool, in July last year.

The court heard the injured man was halfway across the road when he heard an engine noise and saw a van travelling at speed towards him.

The van struck his knee, causing him to roll over and strike the windscreen with his head.

McVittie then confronted his victim who, fearing further violence, left the scene and went to hospital complaining of a grazed right knee, tenderness to his right leg, pain in his lower ribs and right buttock and persistent headaches.

Defending, barrister Richard Archer described McVittie’s actions as a “stupid mistake”.

He said: “This was very much an isolated offence.

“There is no evidence to suggest this was a pre-meditated attack, that he had been waiting for the other man to drive at him.

“The defendant made a stupid mistake”.

And although Judge Christopher Cornwall said he accepted the impact a burglary could have, he said anyone who took the law into their own hands had to be jailed.

Judge Cornwall – who also gave McVittie a six-month driving ban – added: “You took a terrible risk in relation to the victim’s wellbeing. It is utterly unpredictable how someone will be affected as a result of being run down or run into by a moving vehicle.

“Death is not a possibility that can be completely excluded, nor is permanent injury.”