Belfast Telegraph

Teacher's road rage after driveway is blocked

By Alan Erwin

A retired school teacher convicted of attacking a man in a foul-mouthed rage at having his driveway blocked has been bound over to keep the peace.

Dominic Marsella (66) was ordered not to assault, harass or pester either Conor Friel or his mother Josephine during the 12-month term.

He must also pay Mr Friel £250 compensation as part of the sentence imposed at Belfast Magistrates Court.

Marsella, with an address on the city's Antrim Road, was found guilty last week of common assault and disorderly behaviour.

The court heard he "went crazy" and punched Mr Friel up to five times after the victim's mother parked outside his home. He was also said to have subjected Mrs Friel to obscene abuse and flicked a cigarette at her son during the confrontation in April 2012.

Mrs Friel, who lives in a neighbouring street, had obstructed Marsella's drive when she pulled up in a car on Chichester Avenue.

Her son was in a second car being taken to a mechanic.

"He just saw red, he just went crazy," Mr Friel said.

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