A motorist who broke the nose of a van-driver who was trying and edge in front of him avoided prison because he is the sole carer for his disabled wife.
David Chamberlain, 42, of Mount Close, Mount Avenue, Ealing, pleaded guilty "at the last possible moment and on a basis that was untruthful and unrealistic" according to the judge, to causing actual bodily harm to Afshin Rahamani-Jahad.
The father-of-two also admitted assaulting his passenger, Amir Mortazani, on January 15 in Queens Drive, North Ealing.
Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson told him "Your behaviour was disgraceful. That was a perfectly ordinary traffic incident but when you got out and approached the van, you completely lost your temper, shouting and swearing, and you pushed the door of the van deliberately and with considerable force. You broke his nose and then you barged your way through the crowd that had gathered.
"Incidents in traffic happen every day of the week. If everybody behaved as you did, the hospitals would be full and so would the courts. The message has to go out and you could have no complaint if I sent you to prison."
Instead, on Friday at Isleworth Crown Court, the judge suspended a 12 month sentence for two years and ordered Chamberlain to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay the first victim £500 compensation.