Orthodox man to appeal against assault conviction for punching traffic warden

The only man found guilty after mass brawl in Stamford Hill street brawl 'disappointed' at court judgment


An Orthodox man will appeal against his conviction of assault, his solicitor has said.

Osher Freidman, a 30-year-old car mechanic, was found guilty of assault at Stratford Magistrates’ Court this week for his part in a fracas between a group of Charedi men and a traffic warden in Stamford Hill earlier this year.

The South Tottenham man, along with Benjamin Beigel, 25, and Yakov Nowogrodski, 26, were acquitted of a separate charge of assault after a judge accepted they used reasonable force to detain Marvin Pond. 

Freidman’s brother, Mordechai, was found by the judge to have no case to answer.

Stratford Magistrates Court heard that tempers had flared when Mr Pond attempted to issue a penalty notice Mordechai Freidman as his car was parked on double yellow lines.

The men argued that they were making a “citizen’s arrest” of Mr Pond.

David Sonn, who represented the defendants, told the JC: “All four of my clients are delighted that the citizen’s arrest of the traffic warden was effectively sanctioned by the court’s verdict.

“Osher Friedman is naturally disappointed that he was convicted of laying a single punch on the traffic warden when restraining him after he had a driven over his brother. He is appealing that conviction.”

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