Paragraphs one through three read: “Youngsters were
terrified when a road–rage driver smashed a school bus window with a
“Glass shattered over the driver, while children were on
their way home from school.”
“Robert John Alan Campbell (30) had
earlier attacked two other vehicles, frightening the occupants, including
an elderly couple.”
Paragraphs 19 and 20 read: “He said Campbell
was unable to cope while suffering from a personality disorder brought on by
stress and depression.”
stopped a few weeks before the road rage outburst, but when he tried
to seek help he ran out of patience waiting in the doctor’s
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Road–rage attacker who terrified pupils in Leicester is
Wednesday, November 25, 2009,
Youngsters were terrified when a road–rage driver smashed a school
bus window with a crook lock.
Glass shattered over the driver, while
children were on their way home from school.
Robert John Alan Campbell
(30) had earlier attacked two other vehicles, frightening the occupants,
including an elderly couple.
Campbell, a married dad of three, was jailed
for 16 months after admitting three counts of causing damage and one of having
an offensive weapon – the crook lock.
Janet Hall, prosecuting, told
Leicester Crown Court that Campbell, who had run out of medication for a mental
health problem, committed the offences between 3pm and 4pm, on September
The first happened when a pensioner in Groby Road, Leicester, braked
suddenly at red lights.
Ms Hall said: “The defendant was behind her and
very angry, gesticulating.
“To her horror, he got out of the car and
began throwing his arms around, shouting aggressively, causing her to lock her
door and feel very intimidated.”
Her husband, who suffered from ill
health, was also in the car.
Campbell kicked the driver‘s door, causing
A short time later, Campbell lost his temper with a
motorist coming out of the Tesco car park in Beaumont Leys,
The driver, who was with his girlfriend, locked the doors when
the defendant got out of his vehicle and shouted “What’s your
The defendant wielded what looked like a baseball bat, but was
a crook lock, which he used to strike the victim’s bonnet, causing £554 of
The school bus driver, travelling from Birstall towards
Glenfield, encountered the defendant when taking a wide turn, causing Campbell
The defendant got out and, armed with his crook lock, smashed
the driver‘s window.
When the police went to Campbell’s home in Dominion
Road, Glenfield, he said: “The crook lock I used is in the front of my
The defendant also admitted damaging a TV set at Cash Generators,
in the city centre, on July 10, following an argument with staff.
Trotter, defending, said: “He’s not a man hell bent on criminality but a man
with problems and needs his medication properly managed.”
Campbell was unable to cope while suffering from a personality disorder brought
on by stress and depression.
Campbell’s medication stopped a few weeks
before the road rage outburst, but when he tried to seek help he ran out of
patience waiting in the doctor’s surgery.
His health had since greatly
Judge Sylvia De Bertodano said the incidents had particularly
frightened the “vulnerable” elderly couple and the schoolchildren.
said: “If you smash windows of a bus with people on it, you take the risk that
someone inside will be injured.
“It’s no thanks to you that no-one was
“I’ve seen a psychiatric report and have heard you’ve had
difficulties with your mental health, but the disorder you’ve been suffering
from doesn’t mean I’m not required to send you to prison.
“This sort of
behaviour was quite terrifying to members of the public going about their daily