MAn jAilED for BrEAk­ing trAf­fiC wAr­DEn’s lEg in tiCkEt At­tACk

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Special Report - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

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

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