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Sunday 11 December 2016

IT worker punched man in row at car park

Judge David McHugh
Judge David McHugh

AN IT worker who attacked a motorist in a parking dispute outside a shop had acted in "the heat of the moment," a judge said.

Tauqeer Khan (38) repeatedly punched the other man during the confrontation.

Judge David McHugh gave him the benefit of the Probation Act, leaving him without a conviction, after he paid €400 compensation to the victim.

Khan, a father-of-four of Castlegate Drive, Adamstown, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to a man at Fonthill Retail Park, Clondalkin on March 23, 2014.

Blanchardstown District Court heard the victim was parked and preparing to leave when another vehicle came up and blocked him from exiting.

A verbal altercation ensued and Khan repeatedly punched him in the face.

The victim, who suffered bruising, was there with his wife and child.

On the day, Khan claimed he "received some racial abuse," his lawyer said.

He held his hands up in relation to the incident, apologised and accepted that he went too far.

Judge McHugh said: "It appears to be in the context of the heat of the moment."

The judge also said he was taking into consideration that there were "some racial matters raised that may have caused the defendant to act like this."

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