Regular readers may recall that some 16 months ago I was assaulted by Timothy Denman. My application for a summary judgement was heard this morning and granted. Denman was there but did not have much to say for himself apart from fabricating an account that I had sworn at him. He now has to pay a Judgment sum in the total of £1,254.
Some of what he said indicated that his aggression stemmed from a total inability to recognise the right of cyclists to use the road. He said his way had been blocked by 6 cyclists riding together and he felt this was intolerable because he paid tax! I had not been aware of this - it must have occurred some minutes before the encounter which led to an assault on me. He did not seem to recognise that there was something wrong with his driving if he was moving closely enough to my colleague for him to slap the side of his car 'not close enough to knock him off'.
Interestingly he said he had been arrested 'but nothing came of it. I was just given a caution' which gives the lie to the Thames Valley Police attitude that he had received some significant sanction.
This was my first ever appearance in Court representing myself and I have to commend the Slough County Court. The case was called on shortly after the appointed hour and dealt with efficiently and courteously.. The Judge had done more preparation than had I, and we were out well within an hour.
Denman was of course disgruntled ('stitched up' he claimed) and the next challenge will be to enforce the Judgment against him.