Man jailed for endangering driver's life by damaging brake cable on van

Ipswich Crown Court will be the venue for the trial Picture: CHARLOTTE BOND

Gordon Tonnar was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court - 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. 


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