That’s not fine: Angry motorist slaps parking ticket to back of traffic warden’s head after getting fined
An angry motorist slapped a parking ticket to the back of a traffic warden’s head after being handed a fine.
Robert Croucher was dropping his kids off outside Welholme Community Primary School, Grimsby, when he parked on zigzag lines.
After being fined for the illegal parking, the 27-year-old office worker saw red shouting “Nice one d*** head” at warden James Parker.
He then removed the fine off his windshield before trying to stick it to the back of Mr Parker’s head.
Martin Howard, prosecuting at Grimsby Magistrates Court, said: “Mr Parker was standing with his back to the defendant when he felt what he described as pain to the head and stumbled forward.
“His colleague later described what had happened. He said the defendant took the ticket off the windscreen of his vehicle, put it on his palm and attempted to stick it to Mr Parker’s head.
“The defendant then told them to ‘get a real job’ before driving away.”
When he was arrested, Croucher said he was running late and wasn’t aware of the parking restriction.
He admitted one count of assault by beating and one of using threatening and abusive words and behaviour.
The court heard how Croucher, Grainsby, Lincolnshire, works part-time in an office and is studying for a degree in business management and accounts.
Nick Furman, mitigating, said Croucher takes his two children to school and then has to rush to get to lectures on time.
Mr Furman added: “In retrospect he fully accepts that he shouldn’t have reacted in the way that he did.
“It was a very unfortunate incident and once which is extremely out of character.
“He is embarrassed by his actions and has offered his apologies.
“He stuck the parking ticket on the back of the warden’s head and it was in no way meant to be a violent attack.”
The court was told Croucher had never troubled the courts before and was unlikely to do so again.
The father-of-two was ordered to do 120 hours’ unpaid work and made to pay £50 compensation to the victim, £85 costs and a £60 victims’ surcharge.
Passing sentence, presiding magistrate Trevor Moss said: “This court doesn’t take this lightly.
“I think it is appalling that someone doing their job trying to keep children outside a school safe should be abused in this way.
“On top of that, you drove away from the school area in what could be described as a dangerous manner.
“And to say you didn’t think the lines were there to stop people parking, we don’t accept. Your behaviour was unacceptable.”