December 10 2013 Latest news:
by Tim Lamden
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A furious judge has slammed the “uncivilised” actions of a man who threatened a traffic warden with an axe after he was issued a parking ticket – warning him he will go straight to prison if he commits another crime.
Koresh Dkik, 49, of Ravenscroft Avenue, Golders Green, was arrested for removing an axe from his car boot and threatening a Barnet Council traffic warden who ticketed his car after discovering Dkik’s disabled parking permit had expired.
Judge Nicholas Browne QC ordered Dkik to pay the traffic warden £500 in compensation at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday, telling the court: “[It’s] completely unacceptable, we all know that traffic wardens get abused daily but this is just uncivilised.”
Dkik, originally from Israel, was also sentenced to two months in prison suspended for 18 months having earlier admitted charges of common assault and possession of an offensive weapon.
The court heard Dkik, who was due to have a hip replacement at the time of the incident, had gone out on June 7 to buy a chicken to cook for his family.
He parked his car in Golders Green Road, displaying an expired disabled parking permit.
When he noticed the traffic warden had issued a ticket, Dkik became so enraged he began swearing at him before removing one of his shoes and throwing it at the warden.
He then took an axe from the boot of his car and began walking towards the warden but was restrained by a member of the public who managed to calm him down.
Nana Owusuh, prosecuting, told the court Dkik claimed following his arrest that the warden had “said something unpleasant to him about his personal hygiene”.
The court also heard Dkik, who suffers from anxiety and depression, had not left his house for weeks due to the severe pain caused by his hip problems and had left his family as he could not bear his wife being left as his sole carer.
Defence lawyer Tim Williams said: “This was something that happened at a particularly difficult time in Mr Dkik’s life. He was in pain and he was stressed – he was worried about not having anywhere to live. The traffic warden was rude to him.”
Responding to Mr Williams, Judge Browne said: “I don’t care how rude, you don’t take an axe to a traffic warden.”
Addressing Dkik, Judge Browne said: “This was a disgraceful incident. You went out to carry out normal household duties that day and you ended up taking an axe in the direction of a traffic warden.
“That is unacceptable and uncivilised behaviour and my thoughts today are with him rather than with you. I regard the taking up of an axe in a public setting against a public servant as a very serious matter.
“Fortunately he came to no harm but I have no doubt he still feels scarred by the psychological trauma that you caused him. Don’t do this again otherwise I’ll send you to prison.”