Ahoghill man Purdy who punched another driver in road rage attack avoids jail
A motorist who punched another driver in a road rage attack in Ahoghill has been ordered to pay the victim £250 compensation and do 180 hours of unpaid work.
Lee Purdy (26), of Brookfield Gardens in the village, appeared at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday for sentencing over the assault which occurred on the morning of February 22 this year.
A prosecutor said the injured party was driving towards Ballymena when he saw a Volkswagen Golf waiting to pull out of Trinity Mews, and after a manoeuvre Purdy got out of the car and approached the other vehicle.
He punched the driver through the open car window three or four times, leaving the victim with a "sore jaw for a few days".
Defence barrister Michael Smyth said Purdy thought he had time to pull out and believed the other driver then sped up to prevent him doing so.
The lawyer said because Purdy had his two-year-old son in the car he felt "aggrieved", and although he initially got out to go and speak to the other motorist, he "allowed his temper to get the better of him" after feeling the other man was being "antagonistic".
District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had 28 previous convictions and as an alternative to sending him to prison he was ordering him to do community service.
The judge said it was a "very nasty" incident.
He added: "I take a dim view of any assault but road rage has a particularly aggravating element to it, in my view."