AN UNINSURED driver who threatened a group of workmen with a metal crutch after a disagreement over a temporary traffic signal has been jailed for eight months.

Leon John, 27, of Mountain View, Caerphilly appeared via video link at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday, October 6 after pleading guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance, failure to surrender, possession of a weapon in a public place, resisting an officer and assault by beating.

Prosecuting, Kathryn Lane told the court that John appeared in relation to three separate incidents – two in April last year and one this August.

The incident occurred on Friday, April 1, 2016 when John started an argument with Anthony Baldwin, a Caerphilly council carpenter.

Miss Lane told the court that John became aggressive after claiming that Mr Baldwin had clipped his car with his van, and the pair started taking pictures of each other’s vehicles.

“The defendant punched him in the left eye,” said Miss Lane, “He shouted 'come on then'.”

The second incident occurred 13 days later – Thursday, April 14, 2016 – when John lost his temper with three Wales & West Utilities workmen – Carl Searchfield, Cory White and Simon White.

After attempting to go through a red light at temporary lights John, who was with an unidentified male passenger at the time, threw punches towards Cory White before using a metal crutch to hit Simon White in the arm.

The defendant and his passenger then left inly to return with a third male passenger.

“The defendant was reversing towards the men. Mr Searchfield jumped to get out of the way,” said Miss Lane. “It hit a traffic sign and a traffic cone and it dragged the traffic cone with them.”

The final incident occurred on Saturday, August 19 when John was pulled over by officers while driving an Audi A3 with a female passenger.

“He gave a false alias and false date of birth – he claimed he was Christopher Jones,” said Miss Lane. “It was his partner who told the police who he was.”

Defending, Harry Baker said John had started to turn his life around and that he had changed from the person who committed the more severe offences in 2016.

“He has expressed some remorse in the pre-sentence report about it,” said Mr Baker.

Judge Tom Crowther QC described John’s behaviour as “disgraceful” in relation to the two incidents in April last year.

John received a sentence of eight months concurrent for all the offences..

He has also been disqualified from driving for a period of one year and eight months.