Pregnant motorist jailed for driving into cyclist who tackled her on using phone
Justine Henshaw-Bryan wept in court.
A pregnant motorist who chased and ploughed into a cyclist, sending him flying into a tree, has been jailed for three years.
Justine Henshaw-Bryan rammed a Ford Fiesta into Damien Doughty on February 10 last year after he confronted her for using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The 25-year-old of Lister Court, Yoakley Road, Hackney, was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following a trial at Wood Green Crown Court.
Sentencing, Judge Gregory Perrins told Henshaw-Bryan her actions could have killed the victim, and that she must have been aware of the risk her dangerous driving presented to him.
“This was a calculated attempt to run him over and use your car as a weapon,” he added. “It would have been obvious that to do so would have carried significant risk of injury (to the cyclist). Those who are unable to control their temper while driving and feel that cyclists are fair game must be dealt with severely.”
Judge Perrins jailed Henshaw-Bryan, who is due to give birth in November, for three years, and handed her a four-a-half-year driving disqualification and six penalty points.
The court heard how the pair nearly collided on Stoke Newington High Street in north London when Henshaw-Bryan pulled out in front of the cycle courier while using her device. Following the incident, the court heard how Mr Doughty was left with a number of injuries including a serious one to his liver, and spent two weeks in hospital, three days of which were in intensive care.