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Father jailed for attacking disabled driver

Lewis Cifaldi walking out of court
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A disabled driver was involved in a brutal attack after he crashed his car on a busy roundabout in Leicester.

Dad of four Lewis Cifaldi, 31, appeared at Leicester Crown Court earlier this week to be sentence for punching and kicking the victim in front of his young son on July 31, 2019.

As the driver was being attacked his wife begged Cifaldi to stop but the ‘violent bully’ carried on despite blood pouring from the man’s mouth.

Prosecutor Jonathan Eley told the court: ‘The defendant immediately got out and kicked the complainant’s door two or three times before opening it and punching him in the face, shouting, “Come on, I will kill you.”

‘Cifaldi pulled him out of the car and punched him to the face, dragging him to the rear of the car, and kicked him in the chest area.

‘He punched his face causing his lip to split and bleed, and in the struggle they both fell to the floor.

‘The man’s wife was shouting to leave him alone. He told the defendant a number of times he was disabled, and it made no difference whatsoever.’

The attack took place at Leicester’s Red Hill roundabout, near Birstall.

After beating up the disabled driver Cifaldi drove off in a black Astra, police traced the vehicle back to his house.

Cifaldi’s partner answered the door, they told officers he wasn’t home but police caught him round the back trying to escape over a 6ft-high fence.

At Leicester’s Magistrates’ Court in November 2020 Cifaldi pleaded guilty to inflicting bodily harm and was committed to the crown court for sentence.

Sentencing, Judge Philip Head told Cifaldi: ‘You’re a violent bully who will resort to significant violence when you feel wrongly done by and you’re someone who hasn’t learnt by your previous offending and the court’s leniency towards you.’

‘You collided with this man’s car and totally lost your temper,’ he added.

‘This was a sustained attack on a particularly vulnerable victim. It’s had an ongoing effect on him, physically and mentally.

‘Your actions are made worse because he was disabled

‘All this was within the sight and sound of your own young child – and when the police came to your home you tried to escape. It’s quite impossible to suspend the sentence.’

Michael Garvey, mitigating, presented a note from Cifaldi’s mother saying ‘he’s a good father and a good provider for them’.

Garvey said: ‘It pains him to think of being away from his family. It will leave his partner and children without support.’

Lewis Cifaldi was jailed for 22 months.