Motorist jailed for breaking traffic warden's leg

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Shamal Karim Asaad, 30, sentenced to 18 months in prison
Shamal Karim Asaad, 30, sentenced to 18 months in prison

A motorist from Peterborough has been jailed for 18 months after attacking a traffic warden and breaking the warden's leg.

Shamal Karim Asaad, 30 from Peterborough, confronted the unnamed officer after receiving two tickets on Peterborough's Hankey Street on the same day.

The incident was caught on the warden's bodycam, and saw Asaad screaming at him for giving the vehicle a second ticket.

Footage showed the 30-year-old challenging the warden, who continually told his attacker to "back off".

Asaad repeatedly shouted at the warden "why should I back off?" and to "take the tickets back", with the officer standing his ground and telling the illegally parked driver to deal with the tickets himself.

Then after the warden called for police assistance, the incensed motorist charged at him and attempted to take his equipment from him. Asaad jumped on the warden, knocking him out and subsequently broke his leg after the officer fell over.

At Peterborough Crown Court, Asaad was found guilty of grievous bodily harm, which he denied. He was also given three-month prison sentences, to run concurrently, for the charges of destroying and damaging property. Assad was also ordered to pay £87 compensation to the warden.

The anonymous traffic officer told the Peterborough Telegraph: "The incident last September was one of the most terrifying of my life and there are moments that will remain with me forever.

"I will never forget the feeling of panic when I was lying on the ground with my attacker's face, centimetres from mine, contorted with rage. It was like something out of a horror film."

Written by Jack Healy