MAn jAilED for BrEAking trAffiC wArDEn’s lEg in tiCkEt AttACk
A man has been jailed for 18 months for attacking a Peterborough traffic warden and breaking his leg over a parking ticket. The warden was assaulted by Shamal Karim Asaad, 30, on Hankey Street, after he gave him a penalty charge notice (PCN) for parking illegally in a permit area last September.
Bodycam footage shows himtelling Asaadto“backoff” before he was struck and fell, breaking his leg.
Asaad, ofKiplingCourt, deniedgrievousbodilyharm, but was found guilty at Peterborough Crown Court.
He was also sentenced to threemonthseachfortwofurtherchargesofdestroyingand damagingproperty, whichwill run concurrent, and ordered to pay £87 compensation.
The victim, who has asked to remain anonymous, said: “The incident last September wasoneofthe mostterrifying of my life and there are mo- Shamal Karim Asaad ments that will remain with me forever. I will never forget thefeeling of panicwhenIwas lying on the ground with my attacker’s face, centimetres from mine, contorted with rage. It waslikesomethingout of a horror film.
“I would like to thank the residents who came to my rescue on the day and looked after me until the ambulance arrived. I dread to think what would have happened if they had not been there to stop my attacker. If you were one of those people, I thank you dearly for your help.
“Although my bones have healed, I have been left with semi-permanent nerve damage for which I need constant pain relief. In effect my brain is permanently telling my body that my leg is broken even though it’s not.
“I amnowbackatwork, but I ammuchmoreapprehensive thanI usedtobeandofcourse theinjurytomylegmeansthat I find walking more uncomfortable. In my personal life I havehadtogiveupmanyofthe things I used to enjoy, including my allotment.”
Darren Bell, from the SaferPeterborough Prevention and Enforcement Service, said: “Peterboroughresidents are generally very courteous towardsourcivilenforcement officers, however there’s always a small group of people who are not. This is a violent incidentofpersonalandphysical abuse and that will not be tolerated.”
Asaad launching the attack