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Curfew put on disabled man for road rage attack
12:05pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A mobility vehicle driver involved in a road rage incident with a motorcyclist has been handed a six-month curfew by Skipton magistrates.
He caught up with Mr Green, a Craven district councillor, outside his home on Colne Road, where he pushed him off his bike before punching and kicking him.
Mr Green attempted to defend himself, but suffered bumps and bruises all over his body and his £350 suit, underneath his motorcycle gear, was ripped.
The assault was witnessed by several people and an off-duty police officer became involved, warning Gunnigle to back off.
Gunnigle admitted assault by beating at an earlier hearing last month, just before he was due to stand trial following his original not guilty plea.
At the earlier hearing, the court heard that Gunnigle had been collecting his partner from her mother’s house in Keighley and they were on their way home to Wigan.
He had difficulty walking, because of complications to do with his diabetes, which also led to him wearing carpet slippers while driving his Vauxhall Insignia mobility vehicle.
On Friday, following the production of a pre-sentence report, magistrates handed Gunnigle, of Greenall Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield, a six month community order with a directional activity requirement.
He was told he would also be electronically tagged for a three month curfew from 7am to 7pm.
In addition, he was ordered to pay costs of £620 and compensation of £100 to Mr Green. No order was made to compensate Mr Green for his damaged suit – put at £350 – after magistrates heard there had been no documentary evidence.