Guilty of road rage

Comic admits assault

Scottish comic Ford Kiernan has admitted a road rage attack on a taxi driver.

Kiernan, who stars in the BBC Scotland series Chewin The Fat, pleaded guilty to assaulting William Kerr following a row in Glasgow.

He punched the man twice, and pulled him from his car and onto the road, in a row at a busy supermarket car park in October.

Kiernan, 42, did not appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court, but his lawyer entered the plea on his behalf.

Sentencing has been defered to next month, and sheriff Brian Lockhart ordered Kiernan, who started his comedy career as a stand-up, to be present at the next hearing.

Speaking to The Scotsman after the case, Kiernan said: "I’m certainly not condoning road rage, but I have to say that there were mitigating circumstances."

And he said he pleaded guilty because  "I just want to see the back of it as soon as possible".

One of Kiernan’s creations in the sketch show Chewin’ the Fat is a short-tempered man always blowing his fuse.

Kiernan and his comedy partner Greg Hemphill also enjoyed success with the spin-off series Still Game, featuring grumpy old men Jack and Victor.


Published: 21 Jan 2005

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