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Pensioner tells of the ‘terrifying’ moment he was punched in the face by a man angry about parking

An elderly man has told of the “terrifying” moment he was punched in the face by a former Cambridge ..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 11, 2018

An elderly man has told of the “terrifying” moment he was punched in the face by a former Cambridge shopkeeper.

The man, who was 88 at the time of the attack last December, had parked outside a Cambridge tailors when he was confronted by Iftikhar Ahmed.

Yesterday (April 11) at Cambridge Magistrates Court the father-of-two was ordered to pay a total of £920 compensation, after he pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

Iftikhar Ahmed leaving Cambridge Magistrates' Court

His victim, who has asked not to be named, was collecting his jacket from Rose's Tailor on Victoria Road, where Ahmed lives with his wife and two adult children.

Once he had left the shop Ahmed, 56, saw red and chased the victim into his car shouting at him.

'A pretty hard punch'

The pensioner was then left dazed and afraid after Ahmed opened the driver's car door and gave him one punch to the face which knocked the pensioner to the passenger's side.

He said: "It was a pretty hard punch.

"He punched me once but that was all he needed to do and it was a pretty big punch, my face was a mess.

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"I could clearly see he wasn't happy about me parking there and so I just thought to get into my car and get out.

"There was no altercation between us at all, I just thought I just needed to drive off.

"It wasn't as though I was obstructing his car or anything, it is just a space which was reasonable to assume belonged to the tailor."

Iftikhar Ahmed leaving Cambridge Magistrates' Court

'Just one bang and I didn't know where I was'

Ahmed had believed the man had told him to "eff-off" but this was not the case as the victim just wanted to get away from the scene.

The victim added: "When I headed out of the shop the man was there shouting at me.

"I just said its OK I am heading off now.

"But he started waving his hands in front of the car so I couldn't drive.

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"He came to my car door and said 'you just swore at me' and I said 'no I didn't swear at you' and then he just gave me one punch and I fell on to the passenger seat.

"I didn't see what was coming at all, all I know there was just one bang and I didn't know where I was."

The victim then tried to shut his car door and reverse away, but realised he was in no fit state to drive back home.

He then went back into the tailors' shop to try and to calm himself down as he was so shaken up.

The attack happened outside Rose's Tailor, on Victoria Road (Image: Google)

He added: "I was feeling very rough but I didn't want to be made a fuss of or for anyone in the tailors to call the police, I just wanted to get home.

"The owner of the tailors said he is a nasty man, he is nothing to do with me.

"I just waited in the tailors for five or 10 minutes because I was just in a poor state.

"I drove home after, which I really shouldn't have, but I was just glad to get home and out of the way, I was quite shaky.

"I was really not capable of driving but in those circumstances you just want to get somewhere where you feel safe and I wasn't really thinking."

Iftikhar Ahmed leaving Cambridge Magistrates' Court

'It is incredible that someone should do that'

The victim's wife, who also doesn't want to be named, added: "My husband was quite ill after that, and it hit him mentally.

"It took him some time to get over it.

"It wasn't very nice and it is incredible that somebody should do that, for no reason.

"I said to my husband you should have phoned the police straight away but he doesn't like making a fuss.

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"He really shouldn't have driven home, he was not in a fit state to drive in.

"It's more of a shock when you have never had anything like that happen to you before as well.

"It was a stupid incident that was quite unnecessary and has caused all this trouble."

'No excuses'

Ahmed appeared at Cambridge Magistrates' Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to assault by beating.

He was sentenced to 50 hours community service, and ordered to pay a total of £920 in costs and compensation, including £750 to the victim.

His defence solicitor told the court there was "no excuse" for his appalling behaviour.

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