A MOTORIST who thought a limousine driver had cut out in front of him at Dublin Airport got out of his car and sprayed him in the face with pepper spray, a court heard.
Ondrej Matousek (32) was worried about his dog on the back seat after he claimed he was forced to brake suddenly.
Judge Bryan Smyth ordered Matousek to complete 90 hours community service in lieu of three months in prison.
The defendant, of The Square, Larch Hill in Santry, admitted before Dublin District Court to assaulting another man at Dublin Airport shortly before 7am on January 6, 2014.
Garda Enda Ledwith said the victim, a limousine chauffeur, was driving towards Terminal 2 when he was cut off by another driver.
Gda Ledwith said Matousek followed the victim to the next set of traffic lights, got out of his car and sprayed a white substance in his face.
The substance was a mild form of pepper spray which Matousek had for protection, the garda said.
He said the pepper spray caused irritation to the victim's face and eyes, but he managed to get the defendant's car registration number.
Matousek claimed the limousine driver pulled out suddenly in front of him, but the garda said there was no evidence of this.
The court heard Matousek had just dropped his girlfriend off at the airport.
He bought the pepper spray for her after she was attacked.