A top attorney who lost his temper and aggressively drove a pedestrian in a row across the sidewalk parking in front of his daughter’s nursery was fined £ 5,000.
The 43-year-old Boris Bronfentrinker was convicted by the jury of driving his hybrid Mercedes dangerously in central London on January 18, 2019, reports the Mirror.
The victim, Peter Bullen, said he tried to snap a picture of Bronfentrinker parked on double yellow lines but had to “jump out of the way” when the law firm partner “sped up” on him.
Bronfentrinker, a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s London office, told the jury that he tried to drive around Mr. Bullen.
Judge Philip Bartle QC said Bronze Drinker lost his temper with Mr. Bullen and while he may not have intended to harm him, he drove at him “to scare him”.
Judge Bartle condemned him, saying: “You did not go out into the street immediately or after a short while, as you said.
“I think you had no intention of knocking down Mr Bullen and that you did not mean to hurt him even though he did not know it.
“He was standing in front of your car and you were driving your car towards him and he wouldn’t have known what you were up to. I’m sure he was afraid of what you did.
“I think you have lost your temper. Why you did not speak to Mr Bullen and explain to him what I accept was the case – that the traffic cops allowed you to park there – why you did not speak to him have and explain that, I just don’t understand.
“But it is an integral part of your anger and impatience with Mr Bullen that you clearly decided against it.
“There was this bad feeling between you and on that occasion your annoyance broke out with Mr. Bullen and you drove towards him causing him to jump out of the way.
“I’m sure you wanted to scare him and you clearly succeeded – as short as it was.”
During the trial, Southwark Crown Court heard that Bronfentrinker had just dropped his daughter off at Montessori Kindergarten on Marylebone Lane when he was seen by local residents checking emails in his Mercedes C350E.
Prosecutor Nick Wells said, “Mr. Bronfentrinker was parked over a double yellow line and two of the four wheels were on the sidewalk.
“He was parked right outside the Montessori Kindergarten on Marylebone Lane, where his daughter is present.
“Mr Bullen did not like Mr Bronfentrinker parking this way and he has accused him of doing so in the past and he previously told Mr Bronfentrinker that he would take a picture of the vehicle and report back when he got back on it Way would park. ” him to Westminster Council.
“Mr. Bullen, seeing that the vehicle was parked like this that morning, stopped and raised his arms in disbelief. It appears that Mr. Bronze Drinker reacted dismissively to Mr. Bullan, then bowed his head and continued on his own Typed his phone or checked his email. “
When giving evidence, Mr Bullen said he was on his daily walk when he saw Bronfentrinker’s car parked on Marylebone Lane.
Mr. Bullen said, “He looked down at his phone. I took out my phone and stood in front of the car on the sidewalk five to six feet in front of me and set up my camera to take a picture.
“When I took the picture, I noticed that the car was accelerating towards me, although it made no sound, there was no horn.
“I just saw it coming towards me. I realized it wasn’t going away, so I jumped aside to avoid it hitting me.”
The ex-high jumper said: “I’m happy that I’m an athlete. My reactions are pretty quick. I could feel the wind as it passed my training pants.
“I’m just pleased that I’m still in one piece.”
Bronfentrinker said he had to go towards Mr. Bullen because it was “the only way to get out” and he was only traveling at a speed of 2 to 3 miles per hour.
He told the court that the traffic cops allow the kindergarten’s parents to park their cars outside during the school run despite the parking regulations.
However, after four hours and 46 minutes of deliberation, the jury sentenced him with a majority judgment of 10: 2 for dangerous driving.
To mitigate this, Patrick Gibbs QC, who defended himself, told QC, “He’s being banned from driving for at least a year. The consequences of this, not for him but for others, are his six and ten-year-old children they go to . ” the schools they go to and live in the place where they live.
“They are of Australian descent and have no family in this country – they have no grandparents to turn to. His wife is also a busy professional.”
Mr Gibbs said the body regulating the lawyers was waiting for the outcome of the trial, but his client “may be under investigation”.
Bronze drinker from Highgate, North London, denied this but was convicted by the jury of a number of dangerous journeys.
He was fined £ 2,500 and had to pay Mr Bullen in compensation for law enforcement costs of £ 2,000 and £ 350.
He has also been banned from driving for 12 months and will have to take an advanced driving test when it ends.