Lord Maginnis guilty of road rage

Lord Maginnis spoke to reporters outside the court

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A Northern Ireland peer has been found guilty of assaulting a man in a road rage incident.

Lord Maginnis had admitted swearing at Keith Kirk during an altercation last year, but denied grabbing him and raising his fist.

However, a judge found him guilty of an "angry and abusive tirade".

The peer was fined £200 and ordered to pay his victim the same amount. Lord Maginnis said he was going to appeal the verdict.

District Judge John Meehan said Lord Maginnis' tirade left Mr Kirk very frightened and his sister, who had been in the passenger seat, "terrified".

He said it was very sad that "a man who has given many years of the highest public service" should find himself in this position at the age of 75.

The former Ulster Unionist MP had earlier admitted calling Mr Kirk a "yellow-bellied bastard" in the incident but denied assault.

Lord Maginnis told reporters outside the court: "I am obviously not letting it rest here.

"One might say 'what's a couple of hundred pounds' but this is my reputation. And I am appealing it, I can assure you I am appealing it."

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