A man who deliberately mowed down a cyclist who he blamed for ruining his life, has been jailed for 21 years.

45-year-old Mark Whittaker ploughed into his victim outside Reading Girls School on Northumberland Avenue in October last year.

The cyclist, 38-year-old Darren Fordred, was left with serious multiple injuries.

  • Video shows driver mowing down cyclist

The court was shown CCTV as he waited for his victim to cycle past and then driving over him, breaking his legs.

Whittaker then kicked and strangled him.

During his arrest, police footage shows Whittaker calling his victim "gutless", adding that the "guy had it coming".

In the early hours of Friday 12th October, Whittaker drove his vehicle from Portsmouth to Reading and waited on Northumberland Avenue for Darren Fordred to cycle past.

Whittaker had earlier sent Fordred a series of text messages threatening to kill him.

It happened outside Reading Girls School on Northumberland Avenue

Whittaker followed Mr Fordred, who was cycling on the pavement towards Reading town centre before mounting the pavement and deliberately hitting him at 32mph.

The force of the impact resulted in several breaks to Mr Fordred's legs.

The impact lifted Mr Fordred onto the windscreen and then, when the vehicle hit metal railings, launched him through these.

The railings caused deep wounds to Mr Fordred's legs and he sustained compound fractures of both femurs

This was a horrific incident in which Whittaker deliberately used his vehicle as a weapon to harm Mr Fordred. There was some degree of pre-meditation in Whittaker's actions as he had driven from Portsmouth to confront his victim."

Detective Constable Peter Cave, Force CID, Thames Valley Police