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Parking row ended in CS spray attack.

Byline: PAUL BEARD Court Reporter

A TESCO shopper was left temporarily blinded after he was blasted with CS spray in a road rage row in a supermarket car park.

Off-duty security guard Shafiq Ahmed asked victim Lee Heaver: "Do you think I'm a wa**er?" before spraying him in the face.

The pair exchanged blows, leaving Mr Heaver with a fractured cheekbone, before peacemakers rushed to separate them.

It happened outside Tesco's store in Stratford Road, Shirley, in March, 2011.

Warwick Crown Court heard Mr Heaver thought Ahmed, who was parked near the shop's entrance, was causing an obstruction.

He beeped his horn and the pair exchanged gestures.

Ahmed lashed out after Mr Heaver parked up and went to find a trolley.

Ahmed was arrested at his home a month later and police found the CS canister in his bedroom.

He initially denied being involved and claimed it was most likely he was at home in bed at the time. But, the court heard, his DNA was found on Mr Heaver's Audi A6 car.

Ahmed, 28, of Stanway Road, Shirley, at first denied inflicting grievous bodily harm and possessing a prohibited weapon. But he changed his pleas to guilty on the day of his trial.

He was ordered to pay PS1,200 compensation to Mr Heaver.

Ahmed was also handed a ten-month suspended sentence and ordered to perform 120 hours of unpaid work.

Simon Hunka, defending, said his client was of good character at the time. And he said Ahmed lost his job over the incident and had not worked since.

Sentencing Ahmed, Judge Richard Griffith-Jones told him: "It is disgraceful, because there could have been all sorts of people there, including children."
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Date:May 17, 2013
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