A HEREFORD driver told a parking warden he would kill them the next time they ticketed his car after he was fined for parking in a loading area.

Ovidiu Baltaret initially pleaded not guilty to using threatening and abusive words or behaviour when he appeared before magistrates in Hereford, but changed to a guilty plea after he was told there was CCTV evidence of the incident, which could be shown to the court.

A parking warden had come across Baltaret's car parked in a loading area in Commercial Street at 6.30pm in November 6, prosecutor Mark Hambling said.

Baltaret was seen and heard on CCTV leaving a nearby shop and telling the parking warden he had only been there for a short while, but was told that he would still be receiving a ticket, which was placed on his windscreen.

The 32-year-old got into his car and moved it before returning to the parking warden, telling him that next time he would punch him and kill him.

"It was not particularly pleasant," Mr Hambling said.

"The parking warden was definitely scared. You could hear the fear in his voice,"


Speaking on his own behalf, Baltaret said it was not the first time he has been given a fine and that there had been another car parked there, but that the warden had come to his car first.

He said he had evidence that his car should not have been ticketed and that the parking warden had not been doing their job properly.

Ovidiu was fined £250, which he told magistrates he was not happy about. He must also pay costs of £135 and a £34 victim surcharge.