Man Jailed After Hitting Two Pedestrians

The pedestrians were hit by a 23 year old man in January.

A man has been sentenced to 20 months in jail following a road traffic collision in Bury St Edmunds in January which left a woman with life-changing injuries.


23-year-old Anton Giles of Old Norwich Road in Ipswich was driving a black Smart Forfour along Kings Road on the afternoon of Saturday 8th January when he struck two pedestrians and a fence. Unemployed Giles made off from the car, leaving the male victim trapped underneath. A member of the public, a man in his 80s, tried to stop Giles and was assaulted by him, suffering facial injuries. The air ambulance attended and the couple in their 60s were taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge with what were initially feared life-threatening injuries.


A short time later Giles was arrested at a property in nearby Queens Road. He failed to provide a breath test and was taken into custody at Bury St Edmunds Police Station before being questioned and released on police bail.


Further inquiries were carried out and on 7th March Giles was charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath, dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road traffic collision and common assault. On 23rd May Giles pleaded guilty to all charges at Ipswich Crown Court.

Today, Monday 11th July, Giles was sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court. He received 16 months for dangerous driving, which the judge described as “the most atrocious case and hard to find one worse”; four months for assault to run consecutively; four months for failing to stop to run concurrently; and four months for failing to provide a specimen to run concurrently. Giles was also disqualified from driving for four years and must take an extended retest.

Inspector Bruce Gent is from Suffolk Police, and has been telling Heart the jail term wasn't just for the 'hit and run'....


Inspector Bruce Gent from Suffolk Police