James Morgan, 49, of Maine Crescent, Rayleigh, was confronted by a group of up to ten youngsters just minutes after a 16-year-old pulled out in front of his car and made a rude gesture towards him.
Mr Morgan, who suffers from social anxiety, arthritis and slipped discs in his back, stuck two fingers up in return.
Southend Magistrates' Court heard the teenagers surrounded him as he was parking in a disabled bay in the Websters Way car park, Rayleigh. Mr Morgan noticed the rider from the altercation had joined a larger group of youths.
Stephen Sparks, prosecuting, told the court: “The rider had got off his moped and squared up to him. He said ‘leave us alone, we are a bunch of 16-year-olds.’Strange way to get people to 'leave you alone', gather a bunch of your equally scummy pals, and follow you.
And in case you're wondering why it's Mr Morgan in the dock, well....
“Another teen then pushed Mr Morgan away from him and he states that he did this to protect his friend.
“Mr Morgan then came back towards him and punched him on the nose, causing him a lot of pain.
“He punched him again on the nose and they both ended up on the floor.
“The defendant stood up and then punched him again.”*cheers wildly*
Morgan was handed two six-week prison sentences, suspended for 12 months.I guess the magistrates must have felt the same...