Belfast Telegraph

Maginnis guilty of road rage attack

A peer has been convicted of assaulting a motorist in a road rage incident.

Lord Maginnis, a 75-year-old former Ulster Unionist Party MP, was found guilty at Dungannon Magistrates' Court in Northern Ireland of grabbing 21-year-old Keith Kirk by the arm and threatening to punch him after becoming enraged at him honking his car horn in the town last summer .

The peer, who admitted calling Mr Kirk a "yellow-bellied bastard", denied the charge of common assault.

But District Judge John Meehan said he was satisfied the prosecution had proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

He fined Lord Maginnis £200 and ordered him to pay a further £200 in compensation to Mr Kirk.

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