Man guilty of A30 road rage stabbing

A man has been found guilty of stabbing another driver in a road rage attack in Cornwall.

Michael Johnson attacked Carl Watson with a knife after their cars clipped each other on the A30 near Launceston on 2 June, Truro Crown Court was told.

Mr Watson, 42, was stabbed within millimetres of the heart, the court heard.

Johnson, 50, of Tiverton, Devon, who denied the charge, was remanded in custody to be sentenced in February.

Blood in car

Businessman Mr Watson told the court he had been returning from a journey to north Devon when a car pulled out to overtake him on the dual carriageway, clipping his vehicle.

He said the cars then pulled over into a disused quarry entrance at Lewannick and, after the men exchanged details, he was attacked during a short struggle.

Mr Watson was airlifted to hospital with a single stab injury to the chest, suffering with a 12cm (4.7in) deep wound which came within 5mm (0.2in) of his heart, the court was told.

He was discharged from hospital the next day.

Judge Simon Carr described the case as "an allegation of a stabbing caused by a road rage incident".

Mr Johnson, an unemployed care worker of Redvers Way, denied knowing anything about the incident but later claimed it was a case of mistaken identity after Mr Watson's blood was found in his car by police, the court heard.

He told the court the assailant was a man he had met in Altarnun to collect an illegal package from. The man later took his car, he claimed.

He said he lied because he was scared of involving people linked to criminal activity and wanted to protect his family.

The jury unanimously found Johnson guilty.

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