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Man jailed over road rage incident in Eastwood

A violent offender who left a lorry driver with facial fractures after punching him during a road rage incident in Nottingham has been jailed.

Joshua Bojko launched the attack after his car was involved in a collision with the victim’s HGV on 22 January 2022.

The lorry driver was travelling along Old Derby Road, Eastwood, around 1 pm in the afternoon when he had to come to a stop as a driver in an Audi car performed a three-point turn in the road.

The car driver, later identified as 32-year-old Bojko, shouted abuse before a minor collision occurred when his car rolled back into the lorry.

When the victim climbed out of his cab to check for damage, Bojko punched him in the face.

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He was knocked to the floor by the blow and members of the public found him lying in the road with serious facial injuries.

It was later discovered the victim had suffered fractures to both sides of his jaw, nose and eye socket.

Police were able to trace Bojko after trawling through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) camera footage.

He was arrested, charged and later pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Bojko, of Derbyshire, was jailed for one year when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Monday (11 March).

Police Constable Brendan Farrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said:

“The level of violence displayed by Bojko that day, unfortunately, reflects how road rage incidents can often escalate.

“The victim was left with extremely painful facial injuries and required surgery in hospital.

“Victims of violent incidents like this can also be affected emotionally by the ordeal they have been put through. This is why we do everything we can to bring perpetrators to justice while supporting victims and keeping them updated at every stage.

“This was a completely unwarranted and unprovoked attack on a man who was simply doing his job as a lorry driver at the time he was assaulted.

“We’re pleased to see that Bojko has now been punished for his actions in the form of a custodial sentence.

“The victim was made aware of the outcome by me and I hope he is comforted by our response and the sentence handed down.”

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