'You have to learn to behave yourself': Leeds road rage thug jailed for headbutting man who challenged him for driving too fast

A driver who stopped his car and headbutted a pedestrian for telling him to slow down has been sent to prison.

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 4:45 pm

Norman Dagless was locked up for six months over the attack which took place on Oakwood Lane, in Leeds, on August 23 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim was out walking with his son and a friend when Dagless drove past them at high speed.

Charlotte Noddings, prosecuting, said the victim shouted at Dagless to slow down and waved his hands.

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Oakwood Lane

The 34-year-old defendant stopped his car and got out of the vehicle.

He approached the victim and said "say that to my face" before headbutting him.

The blow struck the victim to the eye and knocked him to the pavement.

A witness told Dagless that he was going to note down his vehicle registration number and report the attack to the police.

Dagless said "do you want to some as well?" before getting into the car and driving away.

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The attack was reported to the police and the victim picked out Dagless at an identification procedure.

Automatic number plate recognition checks also showed Dagless' car being driven in the area around the time of the 5.05pm attack.

Dagless was interviewed and initially denied assaulting the man.

He claimed the victim had picked him out at the identity procedure as they both had children at the same school.

Degless, of Kentmere Avenue, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has two previous convictions for headbutt assaults.

In 2008 Dagless headbutted a police officer while he was on duty.

Aubrey Sampson, mitigating, asked that Dagless be given credit for pleading guilty to the offence at an early stage.

Dagless was jailed for six months.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC said: "This is the third time you have headbutted someone.

"The first time it was was a policeman in 2008 and you weren't sent to prison.

"In October 2019 you headbutted a Wetherspoons doorman and you weren't sent to prison.

"It is quite clear to me, Mr Dagless, that you simply do not learn from your previous experiences in court.

"This was an unprovoked attack on a complete stranger in the middle of the day who was only asking you to slow down.

"You have to learn to behave yourself."