Yob kicked traffic warden in head
September 19, 2009
A DRUNKEN lout kicked a female traffic warden in the head - then fled to Australia for a year.
Bradley Neild launched an unprovoked attack on the attendant to impress his mates on a night out in Manchester.
He claimed that he was only trying to knock off her hat `for a laugh'.
Neild was arrested by police on the night but instead of facing up to his crime left for Australia.
But police were waiting when the 24-year-old thug from Salford arrived back last month - and on Friday he was finally brought to justice.
A judge condemned him as a `spoiled, drunken schoolboy' and ordered him to wear an electronic tag, carry out 200 hours community service, and pay his victim compensation.
Manchester Magistrates' Court was told Neild had been celebrating ahead of a planned year-long break to Australia in the early hours of September 14 last year.
He attacked warden Caroline Kenyon as she worked on Dantzic Street, near the Printworks.
Ms Kenyon immediately alerted nearby police officers, who arrested Neild after a short chase.
The court heard the victim suffered bruising and soreness and now felt anxious about carrying out her job.
Neild told police he had been trying to knock off the warden's hat `for a laugh', but had instead misjudged the kick.
Tim McArdle, defending, said Neild had recently married in Australia and decided to return home to face the music.
He said: "He was in an intoxicated state after an evening of drinking.
"He now says it is the silliest thing he has done in his life. It is a drunken prank that has gone horribly wrong.
"Prior to this offence, he had planned a working trip and was due to depart.
"The police were trying to arrange the hearing before he went, but this was not possible and he took the decision that he would still go.
"While in Australia, he spent some time working and got married four weeks ago.
"It is because of that marriage he has come back to deal with these matters."
District Judge Alan Berg condemned Neild, who admitted common assault and breaching bail, and said he had narrowly avoided jail.
"This was an unprovoked attack on a public servant," the judge told him.
"You and others like you may think it is fun, but this offence crosses the custody threshold.
"This is outrageous, aggressive, loutish behaviour.
"The public are sick of people like you. You made the choice to go to Australia instead of facing up to your actions.
"I'm not prepared to tolerate that kind of behaviour.
"At 24 years old and recently married, you should be acting like a grown up instead of a spoiled, drunken schoolboy."
The unemployed engine fitter - currently living with his parents on Allotment Road, Cadishead - has previously been cautioned for obstructing a police officer.
Neild was told that he would be electronically tagged in order to enforce a 16-week night-time curfew and given 28 days to pay £150 compensation to Ms Kenyon.
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