A mum has said she is 'disappointed, angry and frustrated' after a court ordered an ice cream man to pay her 16-year-old son just £50 in compensation after punching him.
Ignazio Militello, 65, from Harlow, pleaded guilty to hitting the 16-year-old in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, following an altercation on May 2 this year.
Stevenage Magistrates' Court fined the ice cream man £200 and ordered him to pay £50 to his victim, with £105 costs.
The teenager's mum told the Harlow Star that she was unhappy with the court's decision, and that it was wrong that Mr Militello was still able to sell ice creams in her local area.
"He's continuing to do his rounds around here," she said. "It's a loophole in the law that he is still allowed to be trading here, but he's clearly in the wrong job."
She said the incident in May had left her son anxious about bumping into the man.
"My son's upset about it and when he's out and about in the town he's always looking over his shoulder," she said. "While Militello was on bail he couldn't come here so it was OK but now he's here all the time."