A MAN who assaulted another driver during a road rage incident has claimed it was a spur of the moment thing.
Kevin King pleaded guilty to common assault, criminal damage of property and no authority drive when he appeared at Rockingham Magistrates Court on September 30.
The prosecutor said the incident happened at a set of traffic lights where King got out to talk to the victim.
He said there was an altercation and King struck the victim several times before a member of the public intervened and pulled King off the victim.
As King returned to his car he punched and kicked the rear tail lights of the victim’s car.
Magistrate Adam Hills-Wright asked King if there was anything he wanted to say.
King said the victim had pulled up in front of him and was being aggressive, and that the victim had got out of his car and approached King in an aggressive manner.
“He threw punches and I threw them back,” King said.
“I had never seen him before. It was a kind of spur of the moment thing to hit him. But I am remorseful for it.”
Magistrate Hills-Wright said it was not a typical road rage incident.
“I accept that you didn’t start this. It’s not a classic road rage incident but it has got that feel about it.
“I accept you didn’t go looking for trouble – it came to you.”
King was fined $800.