A man who punched a car and struck it with a plastic baseball bat after the driver blew his horn at him following a traffic incident was last week given community service in lieu of prison.
Rafal Klubikowski, 61 DeVesci Court, Fairgreen, Portlaoise, also spat on the windscreen and attempted to open the car door to get at the driver, in what Judge Catherine Staines described as a very serious incident.
Inspector Aidan Farrelly gave evidence at Portlaoise District Court, that the injured party’s was driving along Bridge Street in Portlaoise on January 9 when his car was obstructed by another vehicle and so he blew his horn. Klubikowski got out of the other vehicle and attempted to open the injured party’s car door, but it was locked. He punched the window twice with his fist and spat on the windscreen. When he left the scene, the injured party followed in an attempt to get his registration number, but when both vehicles entered Lidl car park the injured party heard a bang and saw Klubikowski striking his car with what he thought was a crowbar. The item turned out to be a baseball bat, which Klubikowski threw at the car, knocking the handle off the passenger door and causing a dent. Total damage was €2,486.
Klubikowski was charged with assault, threatening behaviour, production of an article during a dispute, and criminal damage.
Defence, Mr Declan Breen said that his client had been reversing his car when a minor road traffic incident occurred with the injured party, and while there had been no contact “unpleasantness ensued”. When he left the scene and the injured party followed, Klubikowski “felt he was the victim” and produced a plastic baseball bat, which had wings on it.
Mr Breen said his client had €1,000 in court by way of compensation, although there was still around €1,500 outstanding.
Judge Staines noted that Klubikowski had not actually assaulted the injured party, and he had no previous convictions. However, she said it was a very serious incident and she sentenced him to 200 hours’ community service in lieu of six months in prison.
The matter was put back to May 15, by which date Klubikowski must pay an additional €500 compensation.