Court: Assault and racial abuse in car park after row

Peterborough Crown Court.
Peterborough Crown Court.
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A man who racially abused a car park worker escaped jail despite assaulting and harrassing his victim.

Nicola Riccardi (44) tried to scare Raymond McManus by driving his vehicle dangerously close to him, only to hit him and leave him with a badly bruised leg.

The injury came after Riccardi had made rude comments about Mr McManus’ Irish background.

The clash on 8 April 2014 followed an earlier confrontation on 23 March where Riccardi, of Meadenvale, Parnwell, had also racially abused Mr McManus.

The victim worked at a private car park in North Street, Peterborough, where the two incidents took place.

Thomas Brown, prosecuting, said Riccardi had tried to “scare Mr McManus who was only doing his job. He should not have had to put up with that behaviour.”

Marilyn Vitte, defending, argued that her client was remorseful. She said: “If he was disqualified from driving he would be effectively let go.”

Riccardi was sentenced at Peterborough Crown Court on January 15 for racially aggravated harrassment and racially aggravated assault.

He received 15 months and six months for the offences, to run concurrently, and both were suspended for 18 months.

Riccardi also had a previous caution for racial harrassment.

Judge Christopher Morgan, addressing Riccardi, said he accepted that he not tried to use his car to deliberately injury Mr McManus.

However, he added: “You were clearly angry and did not care whether you hit him or not. Should you commit a further offence, certainly of this nature, you are liable to serve all or part of the 15 months I’ve imposed.”

Judge Morgan ordered Riccardi to pay Mr McManus £400 over a 12 month period, prompting Riccardi to shout out: “Why should I have to pay him?”

Riccardi was also ordered to undertake 80 hours of unpaid work over the next year and not to approach Mr McManus for the next five years.