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Drunk car-jacker who threatened driver with bottle in Gloucester is jailed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

THREATS:  Michael Smith.

THREATS: Michael Smith.

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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.

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.

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  • betman  |  February 01 2013, 9:19AM

    Interesting how people are sticking up for this man, but won't say what they think 'actually' happened. From what I gather this man got drunk, threatened an innocent bystander, stole his car, drove drunk and set fire to his car. His sentence doesn't seem harsh enough to me. Why don't SC1980 and Samantha tell us what we're missing and why we should feel sorry for this man? Interesting how both have ignored all direct questions to tell us this!!

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  • QwertyOS  |  February 01 2013, 8:12AM

    There will always be an underclass who refuse to conform or contribute to society. They will ALWAYS blame others for their crimes and lack of ambition. As the courts will only pass meagre sentencing, the best we can hope for is that these people do not breed. And no SC1980, have no experience of D wing as an inmate, but as a former contributor to the law enforcement profession, I know only too well what your ``friend`` will be going through, and trust me it will not be pleasant. As I posted previously, people like Smith will pick on those they think they can bully and intimidate. One day they will come across someone who is law abiding and minds his own business, yet comfortable in a confrontational situation like his previous crime and more than able to reciprocate any violence or threats towards them.

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  • wubblyjubbly  |  February 01 2013, 7:57AM

    @sc1980 why don't you tell us what really happened then. Was he forced at gun point to drink 14 points of beer, steel a car, drink drive, assault the driver of the car and then finally torch the car? Or did aliens or the Loch Ness monster make him do it?

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  • SC1980  |  February 01 2013, 2:01AM

    Sums it up really, i mean calling his a chav and what not, clearly says you know nothing about him. Just pondlife jumping on the bandwagon, just because the glorious rag says 'this & that' and trying to score browny points with the other idiots who know nothing. You seem to know what its like to be on D-Wing Qwerty?, i guess talking about it helps a little?.

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  • QwertyOS  |  January 31 2013, 11:34AM

    Samantha, you seem to know a lot about this person. Are you related, perhaps part of his chavy group or his ``partner``? If the latter, I just hope that there are no offspring. Mind, after a few months on D wing, there is a good chance he will have been turned, so I suggest you look for another low IQ person to match your own personality. By the way, next time your chav pal picks on someone, I hope they are not as decent and law abiding as his last victim.

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  • wubblyjubbly  |  January 31 2013, 10:43AM

    Another vile chav safely looked up in prison for a few years. Happy days :-) Question for samantha13 - does the 13 stand for your IQ? Well done by the way on calling us pathetic sad losers. Bet that makes you feel big and grown up doesn't it? You will find that your friend is the biggest loser for the fact that he is now in prison, bet he doesn't feel so tough now does he? Oh well back to my sad life!

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  • Anomalous  |  January 31 2013, 9:33AM

    Samantha - you logged in after 11pm, not even in work hours which makes you the saddest of all. As for the guy you're sticking up for - cried when he got sentenced what a F A G

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  • valhalla2010  |  January 31 2013, 8:24AM

    Samamtha13, your last post seems to apply to you as much as anyone else.! Oh the irony.

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  • samantha13  |  January 30 2013, 11:24PM

    sad sad sad *******s who have nothing better too do, you lead such exciting lives its funny how you all hide behind a computer screen with your fake names, your pathetic sad loosers who clearly have too much free time on your hands, go get a life and keep your noses out of other peoples

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  • FreeRadical1  |  January 30 2013, 6:16PM

    "His family and friends know who he really is..." Well, I suggest that his many victims and all of the police officers who had to investigate his many crimes also know who he is. Now the judge and court staff, members of the legal profession, and all the readers of this article know who he really is. Handsome is as handsome does, I say.

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