Ex finance boss faces jail after driving into OAP

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A City high flyer faces prison for ploughing his polo horse box into a pensioner after a road rage outburst.

Former London Stock Exchange boss Jean-Marc Hodgkin drove off and left the 74-year-old on the ground with serious leg injuries, a court heard this week.

Hodgkin, who lives in Berrysgtead, Caldecote, was found guilty of dangerous driving on Tuesday.

The 47-year-old became furious when pensioner Michael Parker reversed a Land Rover into his own driveway causing him to brake on a 30mph road.

An argument ensued and Hodgkin allegedly called Mr Parker a “f***ing idiot”, the jury heard.

The father-of-two was then accused of swinging his Mercedes horse box to the left – trapping Mr Parker on the bonnet of the Land Rover.

He then drove off and left passing motorists to help the elderly man, who suffered a deep cut to his leg and damage to ligaments and muscles.

Prosecutor Sandra Beck said the impact from the horse box had bent the front grill of the Land Rover.

Parmjit Cheema, defending, told the jury the prosecution had a “high hurdle” to jump to be certain her polo-playing client was guilty.

“The defence is and always has been that it was an accident,” she said.

Hodgkin said: “I was shocked, confused and angry. I think it was a horrible accident.”

He was cleared of a more serious charge of causing grievous bodily harm. But judge Gordon Risius said there would definitely be a driving ban and could not rule out a prison sentence.

The case was adjourned until September 30 for pre-sentence reports.