Irish cyclist Tony Lally (pictured), 68, has pleaded guilty to common assault after he was filmed hitting a single mother who he accused of cutting him off in traffic
A former Olympian and high-flying executive accused of hitting a female driver during a heated road rage incident told police she ‘hit herself’ before later admitting to the assault.
Irish cyclist Anthony Lally, 68, was filmed calling single mum Monique, 45, ‘fat’ and ‘blind’ during an explosive tirade on July 12 after he accused her of cutting him off in traffic on Pittwater Road in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. .
The footage showed Monique pleading with the pensions director not to hit her after he reached at her through the door of her Honda HRV as it sat in a Brookvale car park.
After Daily Mail Australia revealed the identity of Mr Lally, who uses the nickname Tony, police turned up at Mr Lally’s Cremorne home 20 days after the attack and hit him with a series of charges.
Sir. Lally told the officers, who were wearing body-worn videos, that Monique had cut off his bike and he shouted a warning.
In the process, he collided with her car, according to police facts obtained by Daily Mail Australia.
Footage (pictured) showed the enraged cyclist reaching through Monique’s car door in the road rage incident in Sydney’s northern beaches in July
Sir. Lally said he then followed her to a nearby parking lot, where he admitted there was a verbal confrontation but claimed he did not lay a finger on her.
‘I didn’t touch her at all. I certainly did not touch her,” Mr Lally said, according to the facts.
Lally then claimed the victim ‘hit herself’ when she pulled her hands away from him quickly towards her chest area and that he didn’t want her filming and was just ‘trying to get the camera and talk to her’.
The businessman had a camera on his bike for recording purposes, but Mr Lally told police when he checked that the footage from the time of the incident had already been recorded.
Despite his initial claims of self-defence, Mr Lally pleaded guilty to common assault and entering a vehicle without the owner’s consent at Manly Local Court on Wednesday.
A third charge of stalking or intimidation with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm was withdrawn by prosecutors.
Monique (pictured) said she was disappointed Mr Lally’s defense had moved to have some of his charges dropped
Sir. Lally did not appear at the hearing, nor at two previous court dates listed last month.
Monique told Daily Mail Australia she was ‘really disappointed’ by Mr Lally’s attempt to have his sentence reduced.
“I don’t think men should be able to beat women in broad daylight, in their homes or in their vehicles,” she said.
High-flying CEO and former Olympian Tony Lally is pictured with Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans
– Punching me in the chest was completely unacceptable.
‘It’s really upsetting not being able to travel freely as a single mother without fear of being mugged.’
According to police documents, Monique was traveling northbound on Pittwater Rd at around 11.00 when Mr Lally passed on her left on his bicycle.
Monique then indicated she was turning left into a driveway, but as she pulled in, Mr Lally began shouting at her before his front tire hit the rear quarter of her car.
After she pulled into the driveway, Mr Lally ‘cycled towards the victim in an aggressive manner’, her driver’s door opened, then leaned in and screamed at her, prompting Monique to start recording the interaction out of fear .
‘Are you bloody blind, are you!’ Lally screamed before trying to grab Monique’s phone out of her hand.
Then he yelled “You fat bastard!” before punching Monique’s chest as she tried to take her phone.
Lally is pictured standing next to a painting of himself in Dublin in 2019
‘Don’t hit me, don’t hit me, don’t hit me. You can’t beat me!’ Monique is heard saying in response. “I’m calling the police.”
Monique went to Dee Why Police Station and reported the assault shortly after the incident.
Sir. Lally boasts a $3.6 million North Coast home and is the independent chairman of investment management company Equity Trustees Superannuation Limited, according to his LinkedIn page.
He was previously chief executive of industry fund Sunsuper, which recently merged with QSuper to become the Australian Retirement Trust.
Sir. Lally also represented Ireland at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, competing in the individual road cycling race, where his sporting achievement was commemorated via a painting of him on a bicycle in Dublin.
A sentencing date for Mr Lally has not yet been set.