Drunk car-jacker who threatened driver with bottle in Gloucester is jailed
DRUNK car-jacker Michael Smith jumped into a car outside a Gloucester bar and demanded a lift.
Martin Rayner had been picking up friends and was outside H20 bar when Smith climbed in and demanded a lift. He then became threatening, hitting Mr Rayner with a bottle. He frightened the driver so much that he climbed out and let Smith take it.
Smith drove away with Mr Rayner's two friends, both girls, still in the car - although he let them out soon afterwards. Mr Rayner's car was later found burnt out near Showborough caravan site.
Smith, 22, of Josend Crescent, Tirley, admitted robbing Mr Rayner, a student at Hartpury College, of his Seat Ibiza on January 26 last year and was jailed for two and a half years at Gloucester Crown Court. He sobbed as he was sentenced.
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Prosecutor Nick Fridd said Smith and another mandemanded a lift to Churchdown and when he refused, the men threatened to knock him out. The two girls came out of the club and also got into the car and Rayner agreed to drive Smith to a petrol station in London Road to buy cigarettes and then to another in Westgate Street to buy lager.
"Again Smith told him to go to Churchdown but Mr Rayner refused. He demanded that the men get out of the car. It then got quite serious because Smith opened a door and was trying to break a bottle of Stella to use as a weapon. He could not break it but he used it to hit Mr Rayner."
The driver then got out of the car.
CCTV from one of the garages enabled police to identify Smith. He claimed he had "organised a lift" with Mr Rayner and had fallen asleep in the car and only woke when he was dropped off.
Smith had saved £300 to pay as compensation to Mr Rayner and that money was available whatever the sentence he received, he said.
Judge Jamie Tabor told Smith he accepted he was genuinely remorseful.
The offence showed what happened when people drank as much as 14 pints of beer, which Smith had done that night, he said.
"It was a disgraceful performance, and well you know it," said the judge.