UPDATE: Southport Man Jailed For 12 Years After Death Of Jeff Argent

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Colin Scarisbrick deliberately ran a father of two off the Formby Bypass in a road rage incident was jailed for 12 years.

Mr Colin Scarisbrick, 39, who has a history of bad driving and has even killed a man in a previous accident, was found guilty of causing the death of Jeff Argent by pushing his car off the dual carriageway in October last year.

A witnesses saw Scarisbrick, who was driving a van, was tailgating Mr Argent’s Clio before overtaking him and then “cutting him up”.

The two vehicles were very close to each other when Scarisbrick “drifted” into Mr Argent’s lane, clipped his car and sent it flying off the road, into the central reservation and then it slid into a lamp post.

Mr Argent, was killed instantly and Scarisbrick drove off to work at a bakery, claiming not to have noticed the fatal crash.

He was arrested later that day and told police: “I thought f*** this. He’s not overtaking me. I deliberately drove into his path. I deliberately cut him up”.

But at trial he said to the jurors he was scared of Mr Argent.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, told Colin Scarisbrick the incident bore all “the signs of road rage”, adding that his driving had been “aggressive, competitive and spiteful”.

He said: “You took the deliberate, cynical and fatal decision to pull out deliberately into his path. The only reason you moved out was to block him and drive him off the road.

“You cared nothing for him. You had won your battle. You had taught him a lesson and you drove on.”

He banned Colin Scarisbrick, of Duke Street, Southport, from driving for life and jailed him for 12 years with an extended license period of two years.

Scarisbrick will serve a minimum eight years.

Mr Argent’s wife, said: “Personally I’m unable to get through the day until I get to the cemetery and sit on the grass and cry and talk to him.

Andrew Downie, prosecuting, added: “The family continue to broken by the experience but not broken in the sense that there are difficulties between them but broken in the because the loss is such a tragic and awful hole in their lives.

“There were plans, there were ambitions, there were hopes and all these have been stolen from them.”

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A baker accused of running a motorist off the Formby Bypass to his death told police that he was scared the dead man was going to beat him up.

Colin Scarisbrick was arrested following the death of 49-year-old school caretaker Jeff Argent.

Mr Argent’s Renault Clio drove off a duel carriageway and hit a lamp post on October 7 after, prosecutors allege, Scarisbrick had cut him up in his van and the two vehicles came together.

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Scarisbrick’s VW van was traced to his workplace, Tansey’s Bakery, on an industrial estate in Litherland and when arrested, he replied: “Is this about that stupid thing this morning?”.

During his police interview Scarisbrick said he worked nights and had slept for just four and half hours before getting up and returning to work to clean the bread prover.

He said on the way to work from his girlfriend’s on Duke Street, Southport he was going past RAF Woodvale when he pulled out to overtake a taxi without looking, which forced Mr Argent in the car beside him to brake.

Scarisbrick told detectives: “He probably thought I was going to hit him. He comes speeding up to the roundabout flashing his lights and all that. He’s still up my arse.”

He said when they stopped at a red light outside Tesco: “He was hanging out the window shouting something like when I get you you’re dead. I did say look mate I’m sorry. In the end I said do you know what? F*** off. So he’s bloody flashing me all the way up the road. I s**t myself. He’s a big guy.”

Scarisbrick, 39, said they reached the roundabout near the BP garage with him in the inside lane and Mr Argent about to overtake him on the outside lane.

He said: “I moved out. I wasn’t letting him past. Then that’s it he’s gone. I thought: relief. Brilliant. He’s gone. I never thought anything of it I just kept driving.”

Mr Argent, from Birkdale, had in fact crashed into the central reservation and then crossed the dual carriageway before colliding with a lamp post.

He was dead before the emergency services arrived on the scene.

Scarisbrick said: “I was waiting for him at the next set of traffic lights thinking “Oh S**t” he’s going to come but he didn’t.”

Asked if their cars touched, as a witness alleges, he said: “No I didn’t touch him. I didn’t come anywhere near him. If there was an impact I would have stopped but there wasn’t.”

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Scarisbrick, of no fixed abode, denies causing death by dangerous driving.


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