An Orthodox Jewish man has been found guilty of assaulting a traffic warden after he ticketed his brother’s gold Lexus in east London.
Osher Freidman punched Marvin Pond, 32, while he was pinned on the ground, Stratford Magistrates’ Court heard.
Mr Pond had tried to drive off on his moped after issuing a ticket to Freidman’s brother Mordechai, 32, but had crashed into him causing both of them to fall.
The incident in Leaside Road, Hackney, was filmed by witnesses, with footage showing a crowd of up to 20 men gathered around the warden.
Mr Pond was then shown swinging his helmet in an attempt to defend himself.
Osher had claimed he used reasonable force after Mr Pond assaulted him but Judge Sonia Simms rejected this and found him guilty of assault by beating.
‘If you had taken a more reasonable approach this would not have escalated in the way that it did,’ she said.
‘He punched him, at that point he wasn’t struggling.
‘All those bodies were standing over him and he must have been frightened.’
Mr Pond was eventually held down by several men until police arrived.
‘Traffic wardens and enforcement officer encounter difficult tasks from disgruntled members of the public,’ Judge Simms added.
‘Certainly Mr Pond is aware of that. Nevertheless they are public servants that should be able to do their job without being obstructed.’
Mordechai and two other men, Benjamin Beigel, 25, and Yakov Nowogrodski, 26, from Stoke Newington, were cleared of assaulting Mr Pond after Judge Simms accepted they used reasonable force.
Osher Freidman, from South Tottenham, was cleared of one count of assault by beating but convicted of another one.
He was given a conditional 12 month discharge and ordered to pay £625 costs and compensation to the victim of £175.