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DNA used to snare spitting motorist

Friday January 27, 2012

A motorist who spat twice on a west London traffic warden has been found guilty of common assault after DNA from his own saliva was used to convict him.

The case, on January 9, is believed to be the first in London where an assailant’s own spittle has been successfully used as evidence to secure a conviction for attacking a traffic warden.

Paul Royes, 46, of Coningham Road, Shepherds Bush, was fined £250, and ordered to pay damages of £75 in compensation to his victim, a civil enforcement officer (CEO) who has worked for Hammersmith & Fulham Council (H&F Council) for 15 years.

He was also ordered to pay court costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Hammersmith Magistrates Court heard that Royes had parked illegally in Coningham Road on June 6, last year, and had gone into his house, when his friend saw an officer putting a fixed penalty notice on the windscreen of Royes’ van. Royes’ friend then went into the house to tell him he had been given a ticket.

An angry Royes came marching out of the house, shouting and swearing at the CEO, before spitting on him twice. It was then that the quick-thinking CEO collected the saliva from his jacket, tie and trousers, which was then used as evidence in court.

Cllr Greg Smith, H&F cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “No one deserves to be spat at for doing their job and this council takes a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who abuses our staff. This was shameful and vile behaviour from Royes.

“Residents who play by the rules expect those rules to be enforced and it is completely unacceptable to spit at a traffic warden just because you have been caught red-handed.”

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Good work in getting him convicted. No excuses whatsoever for his behaviour. byrne's comment about the reference to "marching out of the house" is however valid. Why not add that when the culprit came "marching out" he could potentially have trampled on a kitten? Would you write that the officer "slapped" a ticket on the van? Stick to a factual account without trying to dramatise.
From Brian on 03/07/2012 at 16:29
The fine is too low in my opinion. The guy is scum for spitting on anyone and should have been charged 750 pounds minimum. It's being soft on idiots such as these that got us into the mess we are in in the first place. Well played for fining this moron. At least there is a little bit of justice coming back after the jobsworth fools damn near ruined our country and councils.
From Marco on 18/04/2012 at 10:22
Putting articles like this on your site is petty. Did he really come marching out of his house? and why cant he park outside his own house? Its really difficult for people to park and getting a 65 pound fine is a lot for people to pay. In some cases this will amount to a days wage been wiped out Im not surprised people get angry.
From byrne on 16/02/2012 at 23:34


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