Monday, November 22, 2010

VIDEO: Pensioner Takes the (Parking) Law(s) Into his own Hands

In what looks like a low budget recreation of Marvin Heemeyer's notorious bulldozer rampage through a small Colorado town, an 83yo pensioner in the UK has been caught on CCTV ramming two other vehicles out of the way with his Peugeot after their driver's imprudently parked them in front of his garage.

The Telegraph newspaper reports that the Bristol resident, Ronald Pemberton, was taken to court over the matter and found guilty by the Bristol Magistrates Court. Nicholas Rowland, the Court Recorder, banned Pemberton from driving for 12 months and order he pay over £1,900 in fines, court costs and compensation.

Recorder Rowland had this to say to Mr. Pemberton after delivering his verdict:

"It is an expensive lesson for you. I hope you will think long and hard before you do anything like this again. No doubt you were severely irritated with the long-existing parking problem. It's very sad to see somebody of your age in court at all but I'm afraid you can't go taking the law into your own hands."

Sarah Regan, the prosecuting lawyer, added:

"The way you deal with it is to leave a note on the windscreen and have a word when [the drivers] come back. You don't use your car to move it."

Mr. Pemberton had rented the garage, located near his home and across from a local school, for the past twenty years. His lawyer argued that he had never had problems with the police, and it was only after he grew increasingly frustrated by people parking in front of his garage that he took this drastic course of action.

By Tristan Hankins

Via: Daily Telegraph