'Law has caught up' with wheel-clamper Del Grosso, says man who sued him
A COUPLE who successfully sued a clamping firm say they hope Peter Del Grosso is jailed for racially abusing a Turkish man.
Del Grosso, 48, will be sentenced on Thursday after being found guilty of a race-hate crime at Grimsby Crown Court last month.
He has been told by a judge to expect to be jailed.
Now, one of his victims, Ray Van Spall, told the Mail: "The man has been proven to be as vile as so many people had accused him of being.
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"I imagine the judge will take matters very seriously and he will probably go to jail.
"There can be no sympathy for him. He seemed to think he could do what he wanted, but finally the law has caught up with him."
Del Grosso, of clamping firm Vehicle Management Limited – which runs the sites previous run by Parking Control Ltd and Sector Security Ltd before that – launched a tirade of racist abuse at a man who had gone to help a friend recover her clamped car.
Mr Van Spall said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard what he had said. It went a hell of a lot further than wheel clamping.
"He was aggressive with us when we pursued the company through the civil courts.
"He is a bully and tried to intimidate people."
Mr Van Spall and his wife Ann sued Sector Security Ltd after being clamped at the Marina in 2009.
A judge backed their claim that signs were inadequately displayed, but before they could get the money, the firm was disbanded.
Eventually, they won the legal battle after suing British Waterways, which employed the firm to patrol the site.
A jury took less than 90 minutes to convict Del Grosso of racially aggravated assault after hearing how he also threatened to rape the man's partner.
He called him a "foreigner" and said: "Where's your visa? I want to see your passport."
The victim called police and blocked the entrance to the compound to stop Del Grosso fleeing.
However, he was forced to move when Del Grosso summoned a forklift truck and threatened to crush his car.
Two months later, Del Grosso tried to intimidate a witness by driving his car at her in the city centre.