'Immature' learner driver, 22, who killed in parking spot row is jailed for five years 

Mail Online | 11/8/2019 | Tom Bedford;Rory Tingle For Mailonline
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An 'immature' learner driver who deliberately mowed down a shopper at a Sainsbury's supermarket was today jailed for five years.

Timothy Higgins, 22, wanted to scare profoundly deaf Christopher Gadd, 48, after a 'trivial' road rage argument over a parking spot.

Men - Insults - V-signs - Higgins - Land

The two men exchanged insults and V-signs before Higgins swerved his Land Rover Freelander into Mr Gadd.

A court was shown 'shocking' video of the unmarried farm worker falling back and hitting his head causing 'massive damage to his skull.'

Supermarket - Staff - Passers-by - Mr - Gadd

Supermarket staff and passers-by battled to save him but Mr Gadd died moments after being hit in the car park of Sainsbury's in Pontllanfraith, near Caerphilly, South Wales.

Higgins, who was in the car with his girlfriend but was not displaying L-plates, was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this week.

Recorder - Cardiff - Eleri - Rees - Higgins

Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees told Higgins: 'You have an immature personality.

'You deliberately swerved your car over to the wrong side of the road, in your words to s**t him up. The results were catastrophic.

'This - Act - Parking - Dispute - Death

'This was an impulsive and stupid act that was wholly disproportionate. A trivial parking dispute should not have ended in the tragic death of a man.'

Mr Gadd, who had celebrated his 48th birthday the day before, lived a lonely existence with his younger brothers Paul and David at a run down farmhouse two miles from the supermarket.

Day - Tragedy - Chris - Paul - Cans

On the day of the tragedy Chris and Paul planned to buy cans of cider from Sainsbury's, pick up a prescription from the chemists and get takeaway fish and chips.

But their VW Passat briefly blocked Higgins and his girlfriend into a parking spot at the busy Sainsbury's store sparking an angry exchange.

Higgins - Mr - Gadd - Car - Park

Higgins drove off and Mr Gadd was jogging across the car park to continue the row when he was sent reeling by the Freelander.

Prosecutor Owen Williams said: 'As...
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