Driver spat at traffic warden in ticket row
Dean Kirby/Manchester Evening News
A motorist spat at a traffic warden and shouted racist abuse after he was given a parking ticket.
Unemployed Sabir Ali, 28, stepped out of a takeaway on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, to find three traffic wardens around his car, which was parked on double-yellow lines.
A court was told he snatched the parking ticket and then began shouting abuse and making an obscene gesture.
Manchester magistrates were told he also shouted a racist insult and spat at Atina Ndindeng, a traffic warden taking photos of his green Fiat Punto.
But Ali told the court the warden walked into the spit.
Afshan Hashmi, prosecuting, said he admitted to police he spat and made a racist comment, but denied aiming the spit or the comment at Mr Ndindeng.
She said: “He said he did spit, but not at Mr Ndindeng. He believed he may have walked into his spit and that’s how he got spit on him”
Ali, of Scotforth Close, Hulme, admitted using threatening, insulting or offensive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
He denied racially aggravated assault, but was found guilty after a trial.
Ali told the court he had gone for a job at the takeaway at 8.15pm on January 24 this year and was angry after being told the job was no longer available.
He claimed the traffic wardens outside were laughing at him and added: “I wasn’t racist at anybody. I don’t know how the words came out.
“I don’t know how the spit landed on him. I didn’t spit at anybody. I spat in front of me. Nobody was there.”
Mr Ndindeng, 30, who has been a traffic warden for four years, said: “He started pouring insults on me.
“He came back to the car and he spat at me. Part of it came on my hand and some of it on my face.
“I didn’t expect that kind of behaviour. I was just carrying out my duties, but it went too personal, which embarrassed me. I’ve never had that before in my life.”
Another traffic warden Dale Price, 28, said: “He spat towards Atina. It went on his hand.”
Their colleague Foster Odoro, 24, said: “He was aggressive. He moved towards him and spat at him.”
David Thompson, defending, said: “He says he didn’t intentionally spit at the claimant. If you feel it was an accident, you should acquit him.”
Ali was told by the bench his actions had been ‘at best intentional and at worst reckless’. The case was adjourned for pre-sentencing reports until July 28.