Former Tory mayor admits to beating up woman who videod him parking illegally

Brian Coleman, a former Conservative mayor and concillor has admitted to assaulting a constituent who was video-recording him while he parked illegally to use an ATM. Coleman had been unpopular for passing strict parking rules, and the woman whom he assaulted was a local parking campaigner.

Coleman, of Essex Road in Finchley, was ordered to pay £1,385, including a £270 fine, prosecution costs of £850 and £250 to the victim as compensation.

Ms Michael, 50, a mother-of-two, who suffered injuries including scratches to her wrist and soreness to her shoulder and chest, called on Coleman to resign.

She said: "[I was] looking at my phone and all of a sudden he's upon me, it was pure shock.

"I think he's bullied and intimidated people for a long long time and I think he has now got what has been long overdue."

Barnet Councillor Brian Coleman admits parking row attack [BBC]


    1. What surprises me is that they managed to wrap up ‘prosecution costs’ at only £850. Either they really lowballed that, or the trial must have been over within minutes. At least two lawyers, a judge, somebody at Data Retrieval to pull the CCTV footage for that site…

      1. It’s common assault in a magistrate’s court. They’re supposed to be over within minutes. There’s no jury or complicated proceedings, and he put in a guilty plea.

      2. The prosecution lawyer is either a Crown Prosecution Service lawyer, or a barrister being paid perhaps £175 to prosecute maybe a dozen separate cases that day. The court running costs are again split over all those cases. Those costs are actually higher than normal for someone pleading guilty, which indicates he did so very late (in fact, my reading is that he may even have changed his plea in the course of the hearing.)

        1. It’s common practice to hold out until evidence has been read and an adjournment is called before asking for a plea change. If the defendant feels under the advice of their solicitor he can go through with a not guilty plea based upon the evidence presented on  the day of the trial they leave it till the last moment to announce it, at the risk of having the punishment reduced less than it would be if they had declared guilt on the day of the offence.

           I have had to sit and wait most of the day before being sent home many times over after the plea of the defendant has change, always after my statement has been read. Funny that. I spent a decade in security, always following the rules to the letter myself so whenever an arrest has been made there has never been any doubt as to who is telling the truth, Only ever been cross examined twice to clarify minor details, in both cases resulting in the offenders getting worse punishment afterwards.

    2. I know, right? No jail time! So if I am ready to pony up £1,385 can I take a couple of swings at this asshole?

      1. If you film it and put it up on YT, you could probably get your legal costs crowdfunded.

  1. I look forward to the “How dare you question the right of authorities to do whatever they want!” people from the cop-parking thread trying to explain why the mayor was also a big damn hero.

    1. Well, you see, once he realized it was all caught on CCTV, he came clean, upstanding pillar of the community that he is. And that horrible, horrible small business owner caused him all that emotional trauma. Why, here he was sure he’d get away with it scott-free having fucked up her mobile and all of a sudden here she is thoughtlessly being battered by this good man on video! My heart just goes out to him. Can’t you mayor-haters see he’s been through enough?

      #sarcasm (I shouldn’t have to include that, but better safe than sorry)

      Tangentially, politician caught by the Watchful Eye…poetic justice, anyone?

      1. “Neville Rudston, defending, said the incident had to be viewed in the context of a campaign “with uncomfortable and personal elements” which the councillor had faced.”

        Politics is hard, sometimes you just have to whup a constituent right good.

        Once again, reality sneaks up behind satire and backstabs for massive damage!

  2. There seems to be an ongoing theme recently of cases that in America would clearly be felony assault being let off with a slap on the wrist in the UK.   It seems like beating someone up over there is worth about the same as a speeding ticket.  Any Brits care to chime in on this?

    1. Here in the US you have to commit rape or capital murder to get off with a wrist-slap. Heaven help the triple-offender pothead, though.

      1. The legal ramification are generally less in the US for sports figures and banks.  

    2. Actually, people seem to get custodial sentences for traffic offenses fairly frequently in the UK. At least compared to the US.

    3. US sentences tend to be very large, in order to fund the prison-industrial complex.

      In this instance, he didn’t beat the woman up – it was a common assault. About on the level of a playground fight. Bruising, no blood. That’s about as minor a case as you can get.

      Speeding ticket penalties are much higher because speeding kills people. Common assault doesn’t.

      1. Speeding is a worse crime than physically attacking a person with your bare hands? That’s seriously fucked up.

        1. More people are likely to view speeding as ‘not really a crime’ despite its potentially fatal consequences. Perhaps there is a greater deterrent element in sentences for speeding. Many more people may be tempted to speed than would ever be tempted to physically assault another person.

      2. It is only classified as common assault because nobody was killed. There are tons of people who have died over just a punch that wouldn’t fit the definition of aggravated assault (heart conditions, fell and hit their heads, etc.).

        1. That’s not what ‘common assault’ means in English law.

          Common assault is any act that puts the victim in fear of immediate violence. To be very pedantic, actual use of force is the old common-law offence of battery, but nowadays the statutory offence of assault by beating (which can in fact include touching or spitting) is charged instead.

          The progressively more serious offences are:

          – Assault occasioning Actual Bodily Harm, usually taken as cuts, serious bruising or so on.

          – Grievous Bodily Harm, e.g. fractures and stabbing.

          – GBH with Intent, same level of harm as GBH but with proven intent to cause really serious harm.

          GBH is a Crown Court offence dealt with by a jury, and the two versions are often put as alternate charges, with the jury finding the level of intent.

          An otherwise minor assault causing death is liable to be charged as manslaughter. It is no defence to say that the victim was unusually vulnerable; you take your victim as you find him/her (the so-called ‘eggshell skull’ rule).

      3.  ‘Speeding’ as an offence in itself only ever carries a fine, penalty points and potential disqualification. Very excessive speeding is in practice charged in England as dangerous driving, which can result in a sentence of up to 2 years.

  3. I would give Brian Coleman’s left nut to have been in that situation. Self defence is a wonderful excuse.

    Brian, you’d better make the first one a good one cause you won’t get a second you fucking piece of shit.

  4. I can think of a certain East Finchley Boy Scout (and his mate) we could sick on this guy …. ooo look ‘e’s fallen in the water

  5. called on Coleman to resign.???  He’s not actually getting booted by the council already?
    Throw ALL OF THEM out if they can’t manage to expel him for this.

    1. Councillors can only be expelled from a council if they’re sentenced to more than 6 months imprisonment.  There’s no scope for councils to throw individual councillors off – if there were I suspect you’d see a lot of councils end up with only one party on them…

      1. On the bright side, if you read his Wikipedia page I suspect that he’s not going to retain his seat come the next council elections in that borough. He really does seem like a thoroughly nasty piece of work and people like him absolutely should not hold positions of responsibility.

        Although I’m not a resident of Barnet, I was tempted to write an e-mail to him stating that if he had any shred of decency he should resign, but then I realised that was a most likely a flawed assumption, and he’s probably sitting somewhere with his fingers in his ears shouting “La, la, la, I can’t hear anyone”.

        1. Also, he might come to your house and assault you if you do. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s dividing his money into £1,385 piles right now.

  6.  Surely he has form. Didn’t they take his other offences into consideration? Being a Tory and being a mayor?

  7. I’m surprised he didn’t get recorded by a dozen different CCTV cameras too.

  8. Aww, man…it’s been a day now and no-one has stepped up to tell us whether ‘videod’ is a word or not. I know there’s some internet law that if you point out grammer, you are bound to make some sort of stupid mistake yourself…

    This ain’t it, I’m genuinely bamboozled by this word ‘videod’. Surely it’s ‘videoed’? Is there some kind of strange internationalization at play?

    1. According to

      — vb , -os , videos , videoing , videoed
      7. to record (a television programme, etc) on a video cassette recorder

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