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Road rage prison sentence canned

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: December 01, 2012

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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.

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.

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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11 comments

  • Burton Mail  |  December 10 2012, 9:09AM

    We must respect the courts decision- they must have more information before them - However, i would expect a public apology from the culprit to this lady

  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 11:58PM

    Another example of double standards? So If i were to go and beat up those weaker and vunerable I can get away with it because of my job Great Britain - more like Pathetic chav appreciation society

  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 7:07PM

    I don't call that justice basically it says that if someone drives slower than you. That they can overtake you slap you then laugh because if I get sent down I can appeal and get out. What gives him the right to slap a 81 year old. All I can say that he drives how he wants which is fast. Regardless to how old you are.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 07 2012, 6:57PM

    I think that it is a disgrace that the person who hit a 81 year lady. If you drive down all saints rd you can't drive at 30mph due to speed ramps. I think he should be a man and don't cry about his original sentence. Plus he should be made to apologise publicly to the lady.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 04 2012, 11:47AM

    What does "prison sentence canned" mean?? He gets a prison sentence or he doesn't?

  • Burton Mail  |  December 02 2012, 10:25PM

    British Justice what a laugh his sentence should have been doubled not reduced disgusting

  • Burton Mail  |  December 02 2012, 1:35AM

    Discusting.

  • Burton Mail  |  December 01 2012, 10:21PM

    A bit of local home made justice required here,he should pay for his crime,and so should the judge!!

  • Burton Mail  |  December 01 2012, 4:43PM

    Karma, hope he gets what he deserves!Not communiy service, should have thought of his job before he acted like an idiot to risk it!

  • Burton Mail  |  December 01 2012, 11:37AM

    O i see, if your Mom is ill in hospital then you can go do anything you want and its ok. Get real and do whats right. This is the reason i got out of the UK. Spineless government.

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