Former Olympic boxer Adam Forsyth has been found guilty of assaulting a man during a road rage incident in Fyshwick. Photo: Canberra Times
A former Olympic boxer has been found guilty of bashing a truck driver in a Fyshwick street.
But Adam Tony Forsyth, 32, did not appear in the ACT Supreme Court for the decision on Friday.
Forsyth pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the road-rage incident in November 2007.
The matter went to trial before Justice Hilary Penfold in February 2012.
The judge reserved her judgment and delivered it on Friday.
Forsyth had been attempting to park his rental car on Wollongong Street when truck driver, Stephen Patafta, beeped the horn as the vehicle was blocking his way.
The Athens Games quarter-finalist heavyweight responded by pulling a finger sign.
The two men then got out of their vehicles and Forsyth threw a number of punches, leaving Mr Patafta with substantial bruising and a chipped tooth.
Forsyth argued he had acted in self-defence and on instinct, not wanting the truck driver to invade his personal space.
But Justice Penfold rejected the defence.
“The evidence all leads me to the conclusion that, far from involving a threat from which Mr Forsyth needed to defend himself, this was in fact what is often called a road rage incident, in which Mr Forsyth responded not to a perceived threat to his physical safety but to verbal criticism of his driving skills, and possibly a degree of public humiliation as he sought unsuccessfully to park his car, by using his boxing skills to punish Mr Patafta,” Justice Penfold wrote.