Enraged driver beat mum to the ground in front of her children in Fulham
- By Dan Hodges
- Feb 17 2011
- An IT manager who kicked a mother to the ground in front of her children after she tapped on his car window has escaped jail.
Muhammed Uddin’s BMW was blocking a pedestrian crossing in Peterborough Road, near Parsons Green in Fulham, as the woman tried to cross the road with her six and nine-year-old children before school on September 28.
When she tapped on the driver’s window to show her disapproval, the 34-year-old got out and began shouting, swearing and spitting over her.
The mother told police she pushed Uddin away to create some distance after fearing she would be attacked, at which point he slapped her. When she slapped him back he slapped her again, punched her in the face and kicked her between the legs.
The woman then called the police and while on the phone was attacked again by Uddin from behind. He hit her on the back of the head and kicked her until she fell over, causing her phone to smash in the road.
Details of the shocking early morning attack were revealed today at West London Magistrates’ Court, where Uddin admitted two charges of common assault and possession of a small bag of cannabis, which police discovered when they stopped his car in Coniger Road shortly after the incident.
In a statement read out to the court, the victim said: “The whole incident has been so stressful and upsetting for me and my family.
“He did not care that my children were there and I can’t believe that he attacked me in front of them. I will never forget what happened to me and never forget the face of the man who attacked me.”
She added: “I now hate walking along that road and I will always be living in fear that he may return. It has made me fearful of others because a stranger has acted so aggressively towards me.”
Uddin’s counsel, mitigating, said the IT manager, who lives in Streatham, earns £42,000 and has a wife and four children of his own, was ‘utterly ashamed and filled with remorse’ at his actions, but had been affected by medication he was taking at the time for depression and other personal problems.
Uddin was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for one year, and ordered to pay £250 compensation to the victim and £100 court costs.
District Judge Andrew Sweet said he was sparing Uddin from immediate custody in recognition of his early guilty plea, his personal circumstances at the time and the impact a jail sentence would have on his family.
He said: “Perhaps it’s worth considering over the coming months and years, if it was your wife who had been put in that situation, how you would feel.”
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