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Man fined for cursing at traffic warden

A Pembroke man this morning admitted cursing at a traffic warden after she confronted him about parking illegally.

Jean Paul Rouget, 50, pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to a single count of using offensive language in an incident on November 27.

The court heard that early that afternoon, a traffic warden was on duty on Court Street when she saw Rouget parking in an area marked with a double yellow line. She approached Rouget and told him he needed to park elsewhere but he cursed at her, saying: “Where the f*** else do you want me to park?”

The warden warned him about his language, but he continued to direct offensive and derogatory language at her. At one point he approached her, asking what she was going to do about his language. When she reached for her radio, he turned and walked away, leaving the area on a motorcycle.

Appearing in court, Rouget apologised for his actions, saying he had been attempting to move bikes around as part of his job and had lost his patience. He also noted that he recently had his medication changed.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo said Rouget had been “quite abusive” to the traffic warden, fining him $300 for his actions.

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