A man attacked his former workmate after wrongly believing that he was responsible for an assault on a Down’s syndrome sufferer.

Aaron Barden, of Manchester Road in Milnsbridge, pleaded guilty to assault.

District Judge Michael Fanning told the 23-year-old that he was wrong to take the law into his own hands.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that he had turned to offending after suffering personal tragedy in his life, including the murder of his best friend.

The victim, Imran Munir, is a supervisor at the same industrial firm where Barden had worked as a cleaner. On February 5 Mr Munir was in the car park when Barden saw him and accused him of assaulting his friend.

Bill Astin, prosecuting, said: “The man had Down’s syndrome and was allegedly assaulted by an Asian male. Barden grabbed Mr Munir by the front of his clothing and throat and pushed him against a wall.”

Mr Munir then got into a car with another witness and Barden initially tried to stop the vehicle from leaving by standing in its path before moving away.

Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said that his client assaulted Mr Munir in a flash of anger.

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Barden claimed he then tried to stop the car in an attempt to apologise to him.

Mr Sisson-Pell said Barden suffered from depression and had a problem with anger management.

His offending only started last September following the murder of his best friend which may have pushed him over the edge, Mr Sisson-Pell added.

Mr Fanning told Barden: “You’ve attacked the wrong person (but) it’s not for you to take the law into your own hands.”

He sentenced Barden to a community order with 15 days of activities.

Barden also has to pay £50 compensation to Mr Munir as well as £90 fine, £50 costs and £60 victim surcharge.