Retailer Assaulted Delivery Driver



Retailer assaulted delivery driver
17th February 2017

By Sandra Pearce

An aquatics retailer has pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Jon Brydon, who owns H20 Aquatics in Brentwood, Essex, assaulted a delivery driver after getting frustrated about the after-effects of Brexit as currency changes were affecting customer sales, a court has heard.

Basildon Crown Court heard how Brydon had pulled up outside his shop to unload boxes of stock on January 12.

He had 10 minutes to park in accordance with his agreement with the council but, as he did so, Andrew Hunt turned up to drop off gas cylinders at a neighbouring nightclub.

Another vehicle had also pulled up behind Brydon, blocking him in.

A disagreement broke out between the two men, with Brydon asking Andrew to move his ‘f****** truck’. Brydon then pushed Andrew to the ground, which resulted in his suffering a two-and-a-half inch cut to his head that needed 11 stitches.

CCTV footage showed Brydon walking away from the scene, running his hands through his hair and asking for people to help.

Defence barrister Janick Fielding said his client was a hard-working man, but was feeling the effects of Brexit.

“The defendant is someone who works very hard, does long hours and is very dedicated to his business,” he told the court.

“He found himself inconvenienced by the lorry. There is no dispute that the two men spoke to each other in a gruff and unpleasant manner.

“In hindsight, he should have not reacted to it but one could not have foreseen the injury from that action.

“He was clearly shaken by what happened; his first reaction was to go to offer help. He is very remorseful. It’s not something he would normally do.”

The barrister also spoke of the long hours Brydon spent driving, including an hourly commute to work and a weekly trip to the Netherlands to buy supplies.

He was given a three-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £300 and £500 in costs.

Sentencing him, Judge David Pugh said: “You did not intend to cause him any injury, but this was a nasty laceration. Although you have previous convictions for violence, none of them are recent and your remorse was genuine.”