Man jailed for throwing concrete at vehicles in Laindon

A man who threw concrete blocks and a post into the windscreens of four vehicles as they drove towards a bridge in Laindon has been jailed.
Samiualahq Akbari, 32, of Brigstock Road, Thornton Heath, appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday August 14 where he received four years in jail for four counts of criminal damage with intent to endanger life.
The sentence will run concurrent with the 21 years he received for attempted murder following incidents in London investigated by the Metropolitan Police Service.
He also received 12 months’ imprisonment for two counts of affray and 20 months and 30 months for two charges of threatening a person with an offensive weapon, all to run concurrent with the attempted murder sentence. These offences also took place in London.
Akbari, also known as Sami Ul-Haq, threw concrete blocks into the windscreens of a lorry and three vehicles using Westmayne at around 1.35am on Thursday 18 May 2018. He was sitting on a bridge above and shouted threats at the drivers.
Our officers attended and chased Akbari who was found lying in undergrowth, where he was arrested.
The road was closed as we dealt with the aftermath of Akbari’s actions, which included pulling a concrete post out of one of the lorry.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Nicholas May, of Basildon CID, said: “Every driver was very fortune not to have been seriously injured, even killed, by Akbari’s actions.
“Each piece of concrete landed in the passenger side and it was coincidence that none of the vehicles involved had a passenger in it.
“It must have been a very concerning incident for all those involved and I thank them for their support.
“Akbari is clearly a dangerous man and he has been sent to prison for a significant amount of time for his actions.”

Mick Ferris

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