A DRIVER who stabbed another motorist after a road rage incident on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire has been sentenced to four years imprisionment.
Peter Bentley, aged 56, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court on Monday, February 8 for Section 18 wounding with intent to cause grevious bodily harm and to being in possession of a bladed article.
He had pleaded guilty to both charges at a hearing on November 6, 2015.
At the earlier hearing, the court was told that following the road rage incident on the night of August 5, Bentley followed 21-year-old Lewis Worrallo from the M6 on to the northbound services at Hilton Park, Cannock.
Both drivers parked up and Bentley got out of his Hyundai estate with a lock knife he had used for work. He calmly approached Mr Worrallo’s BMW and without warning stabbed him with the knife several times through the open driver’s window.
Mr Worrallo sustained injuries to his head and neck and suffered a large loss of blood. Bentley stopped his attack only when Mr Worrallo’s girlfriend, who was in the front passenger seat of the BMW, shouted at him.
Bentley then walked calmly back to his car before driving away from the scene. He was arrested in the early hours of August 6 at his home in Redwing Drive, Cannock.
DC Ian McDonack said: “This was a very serious and unprovoked assault with a prohibited weapon. It is only by luck that Mr Worrallo’s injuries were not more serious. They could easily have proved fatal. It was also good luck that a passing off duty doctor came to his aid prior to the arrival of the ambulance service.”
Mr Worrallo, who is from the Willenhall area, was treated at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and has made a full recovery.