Resident kissed man on the lips and then assaulted woman during parking dispute in Northampton

A resident of Parkwood Street became annoyed with two rail commuters who parked in the street to avoid the car parking charge at Northampton Railway station (Google)
A resident of Parkwood Street became annoyed with two rail commuters who parked in the street to avoid the car parking charge at Northampton Railway station (Google)

A resident who is fed up of rail commuters parking in his street to avoid paying to park at Northampton Railway Station threatened to damage an Alfa Romeo and assaulted a woman, a court heard.

Sam O’Sullivan-Barker, of Parkwood Street, confronted a man and a woman after they parked their cars in his street on May 20.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard O’Sullivan-Barker demanded that the man move his Alfa Romeo as it was blocking access for any emergency vehicles to use the road.

Julie Costello, prosecuting, said O’Sullivan-Barker’s grandmother lived on the road and he was worried an ambulance may not be able to get to her if the road was blocked.

The court heard the two men squared up to each other and the victim said ‘it looks like you are going to kiss me’.

Ms Costello said O’Sullivan-Barker did then kiss the man on the lips.

The pair then separated and O’Sullivan-Barker then walked towards a woman, who was a friend of the victim, who had been filming the incident.

Mrs Costello said O’Sullivan-Barker made a grab for the phone but missed and his hand made contact with her head.

O’Sullivan-Barker pleaded guilty to assault and threatening to damage a black Alfa Romeo.

John Weaver, mitigating, said his client realised he had not dealt with the situation well.

He said: “It was a dispute between the two men over the situation where people regularly park in the residential street to avoid paying the parking fees at the train station.

“The defendant says people are still parking there this week and he has seen some people taking out tents from their cars, ready to then travel down to Glastonbury on the train.”

O’Sullivan-Barker was given a 12-month conditional discharge. He must pay costs of £235 and victim surcharge of £15.