A polo playing City high-flyer is facing jail tonight after he ploughed his horse box into a pensioner and left the elderly man pinned over the bonnet of his Land Rover.
Ex-London Stock Exchange boss Jean-Marc Hodgkin was found guilty of dangerous driving following the incident on the A418 in Bierton which left 74-year-old Michael Parker with severe leg injuries.
He was cleared of the more serious charge of causing grevious bodily harm.
During the course of the trial the jury was told Hodgkin had become furious that Mr Parker reversed a green Land Rover Discovery from the middle of a 30mph road into his driveway.
It led to father-of-two Hodgkin, who had three of his polo horses and 250 litres of water in his Mercedes vehicle, having to brake and stop just yards from Mr Parker’s vehicle near a dipped kerb.
The court had heard that an argument ensued as trained chartered accountant Hodgkin allegedly swore at retired Mr Parker and called him an idiot.
Hodgkin was then accused of swinging his vehicle to the left, trapping Mr Parker on the bonnet of the Land Rover.
He then drove off from Aylesbury Road, leaving the OAP laying on the ground with severe leg injuries, the court was told.
The jury was told how Mr Parker would regularly reverse his Land Rover into his driveway via a dropped kerb for insurance purposes.
Following the incident passing motorists stopped to help Mr Parker, who had sustained a deep cut to his leg, as well as damage to ligaments and muscles.
Prosecutor Sandra Beck told the jury the impact of the pinning motion on August 4 last year had bent the front grill of Mr Parker’s Land Rover towards the passenger side.
“That impact caused a very serious injury – a dislocated knee requiring an operation with ligament and muscular injury,” she said during the trial.
Hodgkin, who has worked for KPMG and served on the board of trustees at two schools in Bedfordshire and Bucks, maintained he did not turn his vehicle deliberately into the path of Mr Parker.
Describing the aftermath of the accident when police told him what had happened, Hodgkin - who regularly played polo at West Wycombe Park, Bucks. - said: “I was shocked, confused and upset.
“I think it was a horrible accident.
“It was an accident I didn’t know about at the time.”
Parmjit Cheema defending, told the jury the prosecution had a ‘high hurdle’ to jump to make them sure her client was guilty.
“The defence is and always has been that it was an accident.”
The jury also heard from a former colleague of Hodgkin, David Russell, who described him as someone who ‘coped with stress well’, and would never have deliberately driven at another person.
“I simply cannot see how he would deliberately harm anyone so I found that to be completely at odds of what I know about him,” he told the court.
Hodgkin, of Berrystead, Caldecotte, Milton Keynes was told by Judge Risius custody was a ‘possibility’ when he returns for sentencing on September 30. He will definitely receive a driving ban.
Bespectacled Hodgkin, who wore a smart pinstriped suit with a red tie, looked emotionless in the dock as the jury foreman revealed the verdicts the group, sitting at Oxford Crown Court, had taken four hours and 25 minutes to reach.