IRATE motorist Tahir Mahmood has been sent on an anger management course after berating a traffic warden who caught him parked on double yellow lines.
Mahmood, 38, of Ash Street, Burton, was overcome with rage after being ticketed by Mark Tomordy outside Argos in the town’s Station Street.
Mahmood appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after previously admitting shouting and swearing at the warden, who was taking photos of his van.
He also followed him to Burton Place car park before grabbing his sleeve while attempting to get the warden’s name.
David Bell, prosecuting, said: “The warden saw the van parked outside Argos in the no loading area so issued it with a fixed penalty notice and started taking photos.
“Two men came out and one (Mahmood’s brother) said he was just loading, but that didn’t make a difference as it is a no loading area.”
Mahmood’s brother accused the wardenof making a racist comment and started swearing at him.
Mr Tomordy decided to leave the area but was followed by the brothers to Burton Place car park, while they continued to swear and kept asking him for his name, which he refused to give.
The incident was also captured on the warden’s bodycam and the footage played in court.
It showed Mahmood grab his sleeve. It left Mr Tomordy feeling ‘shocked and numb’, saying he should not have to deal with abuse and threats at work.
Neil O’Driscoll, defending, said: “They saw the parking warden, quite correctly, issuing them with a ticket and he was filled with emotion as his brother said the warden had used racist language.
“My client admits his (own) language was totally inappropriate. He has a full-time job and is of good character.
“There was no assault, in that he was not punched or kicked, and there were no injuries, but he does take responsibility for his actions.”
Magistrates said it was a ‘substantial offence with verbal threats’ and told Mahmood he was ‘very intimidating.’
For using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence, he was sentenced to eight weeks’ jail, suspended for 12 months.
He was also ordered to complete anger management supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work, pay £100 compensation, £85 court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Magistrates told him: “You totally lost it. You kept going back for more and you wouldn’t walk away. You have avoided custody, but be warned that you need to curb your anger and your attitude.”