Road rage yob Ben Klein spat in man's face after following him to garage
A COTTINGHAM yob who spat in a man's face after being challenged over his driving has been given an eight-week suspended prison sentence.
Ben Klein, 22, was spotted driving his convertible Mini through Hull by Matthew O'Connor.
Mr O'Connor, 35, shook his head as Klein went past.
He said: "I was driving down Willerby Road and Klein went flying by.
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"When he was turning off, I shook my head at him."
Klein later followed him to a petrol station before swearing and spitting at him.
Mr O'Connor said: "I pulled into the Tesco petrol station in Kingston Road.
"I saw him drive by again with two of his mates in the car.
"As I came out of the petrol station, he was parked facing me, next to my car.
"I just froze. He was snarling and swearing at me.
"He stood up in the car – it was a convertible – and spat right in my face."
Mr O'Connor, a father of four, said he was glad his family were not with him.
He said: "I was more shocked than anything, because I couldn't believe he had done it.
"He was an absolute lunatic. I was a bit shocked and a bit scared – you don't think it's going to happen to you."
Mr O'Connor contacted the police and Klein was arrested days later.
He was charged with assault and a public order offence.
This was not the first time he had come to the attention of police.
Klein has previous convictions for theft, criminal damage and spitting in the face of a police community support officer.
On Friday, October 19, a judge at Beverley Magistrates' Court gave him an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for two years.
Klein was also ordered to pay Mr O'Connor £150 in compensation, do 40 hours of community service and given an Asbo banning him from behaving threateningly.
PC Andy White, of Kirk Ella neighbourhood policing team, led the investigation into Klein's behaviour.
He said: "It was disgusting. There had been some swearing and shouting and he spat in Mr O'Connor's face.
"It had really shaken Mr O'Connor up.
"I'm really pleased he has been dealt with by the courts. Klein has obviously got a problem with his anger management. He had a similar road rage incident in Cottingham."