Van driver used decorating pole to threaten fellow motorist

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A VAN driver who threatened a stranger during a roadside row has been ordered to do community work.

Paul Dejonge, 39, of Eltrick Road, Jarrow, accused the stunned motorist – who was returning to his car from a shop – of making “inappropriate comments” about his wife at the scene of an earlier accident.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Dejonge brandished a pole used for decorating during the stand-off at Bede Burn Road, Jarrow, and warned the man “I know your car now. I’m going to find you. I know people.”

The 27-year-old victim told police in a statement: “The incident really shook me up. I was scared and didn’t know why he was doing what he was doing. I’m concerned he would carry out threats to find me.”

The court heard the victim’s girlfriend was left “physically shaking” by what she saw. Dejonge admitted having an offensive weapon and using threatening words and behaviour.

Judge John Evans sentenced him to a community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work.

The judge said: “This is an incident of a man just losing his temper because of a previous incident and dealing with it in a way that is completely inappropriate. He now throws away his good character.”

Claire Anderson, defending, said Dejonge, who has never been in trouble before and fears he may lose his job because of his behaviour that day last October.

Miss Anderson said: “He is extremely remorseful and disappointed in himself.”