08:00 Saturday 01 December 2012

Road rage prison sentence canned


AN 81-year-old disabled woman who suffered head injuries in a road rage attack has expressed fury after her attacker was spared jail in an appeal against his sentence.

Usman Yasin
Usman Yasin

Patricia Pearson vented her spleen after the 16-week prison term imposed on Usman Yasin, 30, of Broadway Street, Burton, was quashed by Stafford Crown Court.

She said: “There’s only one word: ‘disgraceful’. I’m more than outraged and could stand here and scream.

“I can’t believe it. I will have to go and see my solicitor. I’m not going to let him get away with it.”

Hours earlier, Recorder Kevin Hegarty QC told Yasin the court had opted to give him a community order after considering the circumstances of the offence, references from his friends and his ‘hardworking nature’.

He ordered the father-of-two, previously convicted at Burton Magistrates’ Court of common assault, which he denied, to complete 150 hours of unpaid work, serve a two-week driving ban and pay his victim £100 compensation.

The crown court was told he became exasperated as he travelled behind Mrs Pearson on June 17 in All Saints Road, Burton — later insisting she had been driving no faster than 5mph.

Nick Burn, prosecuting, said: “There was a combination of loud revving and sounding of the horn — clearly impatience.”

Yasin overtook and stopped in front of Mrs Pearson’s car, causing her to brake before she got out, went to his Peugeot and ‘exchanged words’.

The pensioner, formerly of Uxbridge Street, Burton, put her hand to Yasin’s face in a gentle push only for him to lash out with his hand, leaving her with cuts to her head and lip.

Pat Pearson
Road rage attack Pat Pearson

In a statement, Mrs Pearson said: “This incident has left me feeling scared and vulnerable.

“I have always been a strong person, but I was terrified.”

Mr Burn said the incident was ‘ugly and unpleasant’ and Yasin had ‘reacted with unnecessary force’.

Rebecca Wade, defending, told the court that Yasin had visited his mother, who was in hospital with breast cancer.

She said: “It was she who got out of her car [but] his reaction was completely unjustified and caused her injury, which he deeply regrets.”

Yasin had never been in trouble before and acted out of character, she said.

Miss Wade said: “He has been vilified within the community and while you would expect a significant level of outrage, this has gone beyond.

“The case has been all over the national press.”

She said Yasin would lose his fast food job if he was jailed.

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