Motorist ‘ran at traffic warden and assaulted him over ticket’, court told

Blanchardstown Courthouse

15 September 2022

A motorist attacked a traffic warden, leaving him with bruises when he became “irate” at being given a parking ticket, it is alleged.

Alain Seka Samu (44) “ran at” the warden and struck him in an assault in west Dublin, gardai said.

Mr Samu was remanded on continuing bail when he appeared in Blanchardstown District Court.

Judge David McHugh adjourned the case for the accused to consider how he intends to plead.

Mr Samu, of Emmet Manor, Inchicore, is charged with assault causing harm to the warden.

The court heard the incident was alleged to have happened at the Naas Road on August 17 last year.

Garda Sergeant Maria Callaghan told the judge the DPP consented to the case being dealt with at district court level subject to jurisdiction being accepted.

The judge asked for a summary of the proposed evidence so he could consider the issue.

Outlining the prosecution’s case, Sgt Calllaghan said the alleged victim came to Clondalkin garda station to make a complaint that he had been assaulted during work.

He said he was a traffic warden employed by a parking operator and maintained that while he had been working he was assaulted by the driver of a Toyota Yaris.

The warden alleged that when a ticket was issued to the defendant, Mr Samu became irate and started screaming at him.

It was alleged the accused ran towards the warden and “made contact with him,” leaving bruises on his body.

The accused was later identified through his car registration and arrested and charged, the court heard.

The judge accepted jurisdiction to deal with the case after hearing the allegations.

This means the charge can be dealt with in the district court instead of being sent forward to the circuit court.

The accused has not yet indicated how he intends to plead to the charge, which is under Section 3 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act.

Mr Samu was not required to address the court during the jurisdiction hearing and was remanded on continuing bail to appear in court again on a date in November.

The judge granted free legal aid after hearing the accused was unemployed.

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