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'Bully boy' lorry driver from Skegness jailed for intimidating witness

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

Lincoln Crown Court

Lincoln Crown Court

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A SKEGNESS lorry driver who tried to persuade a witness to withdraw her evidence against him has been jailed for a total of 15 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Russell Dyer had been arrested after a series of violent assaults in which he attacked a woman and two teenage girls.

But later he made attempts to get one of the teenagers to withdraw her complaint.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Dyer made contact through text messages and Facebook and at one point said: "If I get put down for this everyone will suffer."

And later he sent a message saying: "I'm going to cause mayhem everywhere I go until they put me away for life."

Dyer had earlier assaulted his 44-year-old partner throwing her around the room at her home.

He then attacked the teenagers grabbing each of them around the throat.

Dyer later told police he had drunk lager and vodka admitting that he had "gone crackers".

He was bailed but subsequently made attempts to get at one of the witnesses.

Dyer, 45, of Winchester Close, Skegness, admitted three charges of common assault on September 23 and a further charge of witness intimidation.

Judge Michael Heath told him: "You are a bully boy. If things don't suit you then you cut up rough particularly when you are in drink. The only sentence I can impose for this type of behaviour is imprisonment."

Gordon Holt, defending, said Dyer has since been remorseful and expressed his shame at what he did.

He said Dyer suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and as a result lost his job because he could not face driving.

The incident occurred at a time when he was drinking increasing amounts of alcohol while taking prescribed medication.

He added: "Things erupted that night. He has since been seeking to address his problems."

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  • rascall1  |  February 20 2013, 8:40AM

    Lincoln Biker, While I condemn the actions of this moron and certainly a coward who can only gain the control he desires over others by picking on, and using woman and children, he should have got allot more porridge 10 times more,. However your comment re us truckers mate, I assume you may be joking but you may be certainly ignorant to our job, as is my wife who has said the same, so here is a brief insight, Fridge haulers We are controlled by the big supermarket chains. We have deadlines or fines, orders do not come in until the last minute, so if the say distribution centre is 3 hrs 45 min away they we will not normally let us leave until the earliest is 3 hrs 50 min, so five min for tea, no way, take it with you, Then we have yes may be a 2 or 3 hr wait for unloading, if it is what the supermarket decide on the day, or it could be 45 mins to 1 hr turn around, then we have collections on the way back, often up to 5 or 6, and we load them once the goods are are placed on the truck, and with a pallet truck we will manually place and store them in our trailer, as we will collect from local farms and other suppliers, who do not have modern loading docks, Re your really cheap stores, we have to unload, stack and wait for it to be checked ourselves, often these are on euro pallets 2/3rd the normal size, (normal 26 pallets per trailer, euro up to 40) so there are more, and we can only move one at a time, so allot of walking, the supermarket do not care about us only profits. Our seating is to drive as you agree, we have to think all the time, of you as a biker, other drivers, plan well ahead our driving, recall to memory our destinations, procedures, and if one has one follow a sat nave, move our arms, move our legs, and pick our noses. You try sitting all day, and recall your route from Lincoln to Bristol where you will go if there is a accident, land marks and also what your return journey will be, bet you do not make it to Pennels mate. And yes there are idiot HGV drivers, and yes the use the phone brew up ect ect ect, VOSA will get them one day, most of us work hard for little pay, we may do a 70hr week, 15 hr days paid as little as £7,5 per hour no overtime or weekend rate. So 70 hours for £525. Less deductions is about take home of £ 450. For 70 hrs and no time with your family because your too tired and must rest so you can be back to work after a 24 hr rest or 45 hrs rest because the super markets want their produce and the hauliers are under constant pressure to deliver your goods to the shelve. That's the easy and simply version of our job, doing it is not my friend !!!

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  • rascall1  |  February 20 2013, 8:32AM

    Lincoln Biker, While I condemn the actions of this moron and certainly a coward who can only gain the control he desires over others by picking on, and using woman and children, he should have got allot more porridge 10 times more,. However your comment re us truckers mate, I assume you may be joking but you may be certainly ignorant to our job, as is my wife who has said the same, so here is a brief insight, Fridge haulers We are controlled by the big supermarket chains. We have deadlines or fines, orders do not come in until the last minute, so if the say distribution centre is 3 hrs 45 min away they we will not normally let us leave until the earliest is 3 hrs 50 min, so five min for tea, no way, take it with you, Then we have yes may be a 2 or 3 hr wait for unloading, if it is what the supermarket decide on the day, or it could be 45 mins to 1 hr turn around, then we have collections on the way back, often up to 5 or 6, and we load them once the goods are are placed on the truck, and with a pallet truck we will manually place and store them in our trailer, as we will collect from local farms and other suppliers, who do not have modern loading docks, Re your really cheap stores, we have to unload, stack and wait for it to be checked ourselves, often these are on euro pallets 2/3rd the normal size, (normal 26 pallets per trailer, euro up to 40) so there are more, and we can only move one at a time, so allot of walking, the supermarket do not care about us only profits. Our seating is to drive as you agree, we have to think all the time, of you as a biker, other drivers, plan well ahead our driving, recall to memory our destinations, procedures, and if one has one follow a sat nave, move our arms, move our legs, and pick our noses. You try sitting all day, and recall your route from Lincoln to Bristol where you will go if there is a accident, land marks and also what your return journey will be, bet you do not make it to Pennels mate. And yes there are idiot HGV drivers, and yes the use the phone brew up ect ect ect, VOSA will get them one day, most of us work hard for little pay, we may do a 70hr week, 15 hr days paid as little as £7,5 per hour no overtime or weekend rate. So 70 hours for £525. Less deductions is about take home of £ 450. For 70 hrs and no time with your family because your too tired and must rest so you can be back to work after a 24 hr rest or 45 hrs rest because the super markets want their produce and the hauliers are under constant pressure to deliver your goods to the shelve. That's the easy and simply version of our job, doing it is not my friend !!!

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  • Lincoln_Biker  |  February 19 2013, 10:47AM

    ""He said Dyer suffered from post traumatic stress disorder ...." From what ?" Driving an HGV is no easy way to earn a living. Truck drivers are required to sit down all day at a cafe on the A1 before sitting behind the wheel for an hour or two to make some phone calls. Tough stuff VictorToo, far tougher than anything we could concieve...

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  • VictorToo  |  February 19 2013, 8:42AM

    "He said Dyer suffered from post traumatic stress disorder ...." From what ?, or is that another one of those excuses lawyers try to come up with.

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