Verbally abused traffic warden after receiving a ticket

A Derry man who verbally abused a traffic warden in the city centre was yesterday ordered to pay £300 in fines when he appeared at the local Magistrate’s Court.

The court heard the incident occurred on Shipquay Street on November 27 at 3.30pm after Andrew Dean Gordon, returned to his car to find it was being ticketed.

Gordon of Victoria Road, admitted verbally abusing the traffic warden in what was described in court as a “technical assault as the traffic warden believed he would be attacked.”

Forty five year-old Gordon was subsequently charged with assault and disorderly behaviour.

A defence solicitor said: “There was no violence used. Though my client has a record, no physical confrontation occurred.

“After the incident he called into the headquarters of the warden service in the city and offered his apologies. Those were accepted on the day and my client believed that would be the end of the matter.

“The incident occurred on the same day when my client split with his partner.

“Therefore I would ask you not to impose a suspended sentence.”

District Judge Barney McElholm fined the defendant £200 for the assault charge and £100 for the disorderly behaviour offence.