Man jailed for endangering driver's life by damaging brake cable on van
- Credit: Charlotte Bond
A west Suffolk man convicted of recklessly endangering a man’s life by damaging a brake cable on his van has been jailed for five years.
Gordon Tonnar, 53, of Manor Road, Hessett, near Bury St Edmunds, pleaded not guilty to damaging a brake cable of a Ford Transit van belonging to John Tarpley in September 2019.
However, he was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court by a 10-1 majority verdict on November 9, 2020.
He had also denied witness intimidation and was unanimously found guilty by the jury.
Tonnar also denied damaging a brake cable with intent to endanger Mr Tarpley’s life and was found not guilty.
At Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday, Judge Emma Peters handed Tonnar a five-year sentence for destroying or damaging property being reckless as to whether life was endangered.
The judge also imposed an extended licence period of three years.
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He was also sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment for witness intimidation to be served concurrently.
Tonnar was also handed a four-month concurrent sentence for possessing class B drugs.
Judge Peters also imposed a 10-year restraining order on Tonnar, banning him from contacting Mr Tarpley and members of his family.