Man jailed after driving into two people outside Orsett pub

A man who hit two people with his car following an argument outside a pub in Orsett has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

JJ Margetts had gone into The Foxhound pub in High Road on October 26, 2019, but following an earlier argument, staff told him was barred and not allowed in.

Three people inside the pub helped them get the 34-year-old to leave.

Following a scuffle, he left but then returned and began arguing with the people who had helped the bar staff remove him earlier.

It moved outside, where Margetts got into his car and struck the man and woman. He clipped the man’s leg and the woman was forced over the bonnet and windscreen. She fell onto parked cars and lost consciousness.

She suffered broken fingers, bruising and cuts.

Margetts, of Whitmore Avenue, Grays, was arrested in the early hours of the following day.

He denied causing grievous bodily harm without intent, actual bodily harm, and dangerous driving, but was convicted following a trial at Basildon Crown Court on June 23.

He was sentenced on Wednesday August 18 to 18 months in jail for those offences, plus two years to run consecutively for possession with intent to supply class A drugs, which he admitted on January 24 last year.

Margetts was also banned from driving for three years and nine months, and made subject of a restraining order for five years.

Mick Ferris

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