Guscott cleared of road rage assault charge
November 29, 1999

Bath tonight urged Jeremy Guscott to concentrate on winning back his first team place after he was cleared of attacking a pedestrian in an alleged road rage attack.

The 34-year-old former England centre was found not guilty of causing actual bodily harm to 47-year-old antiques dealer Kenneth Jones.

The verdict was announced after a five-day trial and 60 hours of evidence at Bristol Crown Court.

The prosecution alleged that the Bath player got out of his Mercedes sports car and threw Mr Jones into a doorway after he stepped out in front of him.

Mr Guscott had told the jury that he was trying to calm Mr Jones down.

A statement from the Bath club said: ``Bath Rugby were delighted to hear today of Jeremy Guscott's acquittal.

``Recent months must have been stressful for Jeremy, and he is to be admired for the way he has continued to conduct himself in a professional manner both on and off the field throughout this period.

``We look forward to Jeremy putting this whole incident behind him and regaining full fitness and hope to see him challenging for a first team XV place in the not too distant future.''

There were cries of delight from Guscott's family when the jury foreman announced the verdict, but the Bath star said nothing as he left the courtroom with his wife.

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