Dodgy drivers jailed in Bristol for being a danger to others

Reporting on court cases forms an important part of the UK’s open justice system – the aim is that justice can be seen to be done.

Some of the key benefits of open justice include ensuring public confidence and respect in democracy and the administration of justice. It also serves to deter people from committing crimes and thereby the details of those crimes becoming public knowledge.

At Bristol Live, we cover cases at Bristol Crown Court and Bristol Magistrates’ Court. You can read more about why we publish defendants’ names and addresses here.

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Here are the people whose cases we have reported on in the past six months, who have been sent to prison for driving offences. Some of them caused serious injury as a result of their dangerous driving.

Craig Scragg, 24 months

Craig Scragg

A driver’s momentary lapse of attention had catastrophic consequences for a man’s life. Craig Scragg was driving to work when he cut across the road into the path of motorcyclist Thomas Long.

Bristol Crown Court heard Mr Long was thrown from his machine and suffered serious, life-changing injuries. Instead of stopping at the scene Scragg drove on – and was heard on the telephone telling a friend: “I’ve hit someone”.

With the help of the public police found his damaged car, put a note through his door and he handed himself in. When interviewed, however, he said he gave a prepared statement saying he had been attending to a loose shoe, his wing mirror smashed and he thought he had clipped a parked car.

Scragg, 35, of Downend Road in Kingswood, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving on December 4 last year, failing to stop after an accident and failing to report an accident.

The court heard he had previous convictions for careless driving and driving with excess alcohol. Judge Anna Richardson jailed him for 24 months.

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Lewis Mosley, 21 months

Lewis Mosley

A “smashed out of his face” burglar who entered two Filton homes stole a child’s jacket from one and a car from the other. Lewis Mosley appeared at Bristol Crown Court for sentence on February 8.

The 24-year-old, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary of a home in Kenmore Crescent in which he stole a Dryrobe garment on December 12 last year. He also admitted burglary of a home in Braemar Avenue, Bristol, on the same day in which he took car keys and then stole a Vauxhall Corsa.

The court was told he previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving without insurance or a proper licence and driving with excess alcohol. The recorder Mr Malcolm Gibney jailed him for 21 months.

He told Mosley: “You were drunk…You say you were smashed off your face and was unaware of your actions.”

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Thomas Trott, 20 months

Thomas Trott, 27
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A driver was jailed after colliding with an e-scooter rider in South Bristol. Thomas Trott, 27, failed to stop at a red light on Hartcliffe Way last May, and hit 20-year-old Jade Hodson-Walker as she rode an e-scooter over a pedestrian crossing.

Ms Hodson-Walker spent several months in hospital having suffered “potentially life-threatening” injuries, which police say continue to have a “profound” impact on her and her family. She was still undergoing treatment eight months later.

Trott, of Westbourne Road in Downend, was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Tuesday, January 18 at Bristol Crown Court, and has been disqualified from driving for three-and-a-half years after his release.

He was arrested at the scene last year and charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving with a proportion of specified controlled drug above the specified limit, and driving without insurance and possession of cannabis. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

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Patrick Adamson, 16 months

Patrick Adamson

A Lockleaze man with 20 convictions for driving while disqualified tried to drive off from police before crashing. Banned Patrick Adamson was spotted in Bristol driving someone else’s Renault Megane, Bristol Crown Court heard.

After leading police on a dangerous, 13-minute high speed pursuit he came to an abrupt stop when he left the road and crashed into a tree. Adamson, 41, of Bonnington Walk, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, while disqualified and uninsured, in March last year.

The recorder Mr Marcus Pilgerstorfer QC jailed him for 16 months. He told Adamson: “You really tested the expertise of the police pursuers who were put at risk as well as other road users.

“It was only by pure chance and good fortune there were no serious harm caused to any person.” Adamson was banned from driving for 38 months and ordered to take an extended driving test.

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Kevin Cox, 30 months

Kevin Cox

A Winterbourne man was jailed in his absence after seriously injuring a woman in his van. Kevin Cox, 55, of Bradley Avenue, denied wrongdoing after reversing into the complainant in Argyle Street, Eastville, in August 2020.

But a jury convicted him of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Cox initially attended Bristol Crown Court and said he wished to sack his barrister.

Regardless of the jury’s finding he said there were issues in the case which he wanted to explore, and asked for time to represent himself in order to air them. But, after being allowed to talk with his barrister, he was said to have left the building in Small Street.

Judge Martin Picton jailed him for 30 months and ordered that he be arrested and sent straight to jail.

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Charles McLean, three years

A driver was jailed after being found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, following an incident in which man lost a leg. Ed Bowen was pinned to a wall by a car as it was driven backwards down steep Nine Tree Hill, off Stokes Croft in Kingsdown, on October 20, 2018.

The 34-year-old told how he had pushed his girlfriend out of the way of the car and was then crushed by the back of it. Mr Bowen went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated in the ambulance rushing him to hospital.

He underwent an 11-hour operation to save his life and had to have his left leg amputated. He also suffered other serious injuries, from which he is still recovering.

Mr Bowen was hailed a hero for his actions, and a fundraising page set up by his friends as he lay in hospital went viral. Charles McLean, 32, of NFA in Manchester, denied wrongdoing but was convicted after a trial at Bristol Crown Court which ended on July 29.

On September 1, 2021, Judge Julian Lambert jailed McLean for three years in his absence, and banned him from driving for six-and-a-half years.

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Saimir Almadhi, six months

Saimir Almadhi

A man who managed to give a court a false name when banned from driving came unstuck when he then drove to Bristol. Saimir Almadhi, who entered the UK illegally eight years ago, gave Birmingham magistrates a false name when they disqualified him from the road in December last year.

But in May this year police spotted him driving in Bristol, and though he gave them false names inquiries unravelled who he was – and the game was up. Almadhi, 29, of Birchfield Road, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, driving while disqualified and without insurance and obstructing police.

Judge Julian Lambert jailed him for six months. He told Almadhi: “Your conduct involved an attack on the justice system.”

The judge banned him from driving for 15 months.

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