Stab threat to innocent man

PUBLISHED: 12:37 11 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:35 15 June 2010

A learner driver who crashed a stolen car and then threatened a man that he would stab him if he told police he was the driver picked on someone who had not even seen the accident.

A learner driver who crashed a stolen car and then threatened a man that he would stab him if he told police he was the driver picked on someone who had not even seen the accident. Exeter Crown Court heard 26-year-old Martin Handley stole his ex partner's high powered Toyota Celica sports saloon in Honiton and then crashed into another vehicle which shunted another car in the High Street. Damage amounting to £5,000 was caused to the cars and Handley ran off from the scene. But the following day he went back and knocked on the door of a house nearby.He told Matthew Robinson: "I will stab the person who says I was driving the car."Prosecutor Tom Bradnock said Mr Robinson had not seen the crash and did not make a statement to the police until after he was threatened by the defendant.Handley, who at the time was living at the Castle Break Holiday Park at Woodbury, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and witness intimidation. He also admitted driving without a licence, having no insurance and failing to stop after an accident.The court heard that Handley had committed 44 previous offences. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.


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