Car park clamping bid prompts threats

Asda superstore, Thrum Hall, Halifax
Asda superstore, Thrum Hall, Halifax

A motorist who shouted disgusting abuse at two DVLA enforcement officers has been ordered to pay each of them £50 compensation.

Unemployed Sajid Adalat, 38, subjected the female officer and her male colleague to racist insults and threats of rape as they tried to clamp his untaxed car in an Asda car park in Halifax in June.

A judge at Bradford Crown Court heard on Tuesday how the tax disc on the vehicle had expired in May 2012 and one of the officers put a sticker on the car while Adalat was inside the supermarket.

Prosecutor Adam Birkby said Adalat’s wife, who was in the car with two children, asked the officer what she was doing and was told that the tax disc was out of date.

As the officers tried to clamp the vehicle and take photographs of the tax disc they were confronted by Adalat. The police were contacted about his behaviour and he was arrested at the scene.

When Adalat, of Milton Place, St John’s, Halifax, was questioned by police he said he thought he was being “scammed” and didn’t think they were real DVLA officers.

In their statements the officers described how they had been shocked and disgusted by Adalat’s comments and his aggressive behaviour.

Adalat, who had an extensive record of previous convictions, admitted a charge of racially aggravated fear of violence and was sentenced to a 12-month community order, which includes an activity requirement.

Lawyer Rachim Singh, for Adalat, said he could not recall making all of the comments, but thankfully he had not resorted to any physical violence. Mr Singh said his client was remorseful and apologetic.

Recorder Sandra Knapton said the officers must have been upset by the incident and she stressed that the amount of compensation had to take account of Adalat’s means and was not intended to downgrade what had happened.