A violent thug has been jailed after attacking a traffic warden who was ticketing him for parking illegally. The brutal assault was caught on CCTV.
The traffic warden was doing his rounds along Sheerness High Street when Daniel Corneille, 47, launched himself at his victim. Now-released footage of the incident, which occurred January 6, shows that Corneille shoved the warden into a restaurant window before grabbing his head and shoving him to the ground, all the while screaming verbal abuse.
Corneille left the man on the floor in pain, but continued to shout before he got into his car and drove away. The victim was treated by the ambulance service who confirmed he had suffered a fractured shoulder.
Corneille’s car had been parked on double yellow lines and was blocking paving which was designed to assist blind people when crossing the road, Maidstone Crown Court heard. He was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm without intent.
Detectives investigating the incident used a recording from the victim’s body worn camera and also CCTV to identify Corneille.
“This was an unprovoked attack on the victim who was doing his job and did not deserve to be injured for this,” said investigating officer PC Jez Chittim.
“Corneille blamed the incident on ‘having a bad day’, but a lot of people have bad days and do not lose control and act in such a violent manner. I hope that this sentencing acts as a reminder to others to not behave in the same manner.”