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Carlisle man admits threatening parking warden

Carlisle Magistrates Court
Carlisle Magistrates Court

[A] Carlisle man has pleaded guilty to using threatening abusive words or behaviour with intent towards a parking warden (Civil Enforcement Officer).

Magistrates sitting in Carlisle were told how the traffic warden was placing a parking ticket on a car parked on Brook Street at around 11.30am on Monday December 4, last year.

Miguel Verdaguer, 40, came out of his house and started to verbally abuse the officer and then hit-out at the wardens ticket machine which was attached to his belt and made verbal threats towards him.

The court was told the victim is a public servant doing his job, “he was left shocked and feared for his safety” the court was told.

When the defendant was asked to give his personal details and nationality to the court he stated he was a British Citizen.

Magistrates were told that the defendant was arrested at home around 4am this morning, as he had missed his original court date.

The court was told he has “mental issues and is a paranoid schizophrenic,” he is in a state today as he didn’t take his medicine before he left home said defending lawyer Sean Harkin.

On sentencing Verdaguer was told the impact this offence had on the traffic warden a public servant, leaving the victim fearful for his safety, this occurred in a public place.

He was sentenced to an electronically tagged house curfew for four-weeks between 8pm to 7am, as well as the house curfew he has to pay the traffic warden £50 in compensation and court costs of £85.

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