My road rage horror attack'
PUBLISHED: 13:54 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 17:22 25 August 2010
A MOTHER with a baby on board sticker on her car has been jailed for nine months after punching a heavily pregnant woman in the face and nearly running her over in a road rage incident. Leanne Smith, 24, of Cliffside Court, West Hill, Dartford, was ja
A MOTHER with a "baby on board sticker" on her car has been jailed for nine months after punching a heavily pregnant woman in the face and nearly running her over in a road rage incident.
Leanne Smith, 24, of Cliffside Court, West Hill, Dartford, was jailed at Woolwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm.
On March 16, this year the 32-year-old victim who wants to remain anonymous, was driving through Crayford when she pulled out in front of Smith, who failed to see her indicating.
Smith slowed down and the victim put her hand up to apologise for the confusion.
But just under two miles later the victim reached Highland Road at the junction with the Broadway in Bexleyheath, when the lights were red.
Smith got out of her car and shouted through the victim's partially open window and then punched her in the face.
The victim's sister who was travelling in the passenger's seat got out and shouted at Smith to stop and told her that the victim was pregnant but she continued to punch her.
She then grabbed the sister by the hair with both hands and tried to punch her.
The victim got out of the car and called police at which point Smith got back in her car and drove straight into her, pinning her to her own car, before speeding off.
The victim, who gave birth to a healthy 7.5 pound baby girl in July, told the Times: "She was swearing. It didn't make any sense.
"It was scary. I just saw a car coming towards me.
"She almost ran me over. There was no space to run away.
"She pinned me to my car. I was covering my stomach to protect the baby.
"She realised what she did and she was really scared.
"But she knew I was pregnant and tried to run me over."
An ambulance took her to Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, with a fractured cheekbone, severe facial bruising, swelling and tenderness to her pelvic area and both feet.
On the sentencing which took place on November 9, the victim said: "I was quite happy she received nine months. I was thinking she would get community work.
"I hope she is going to get a lesson in those nine months.
"Police told me with good behaviour she might be out in six months.
"She has got a two-year-old child. Being away from your child for six or nine months is quite a punishment.
"She can't control her anger. I believe she needs some help to manage her anger - she needs a doctor's help.
"When I looked in her eyes, she didn't look healthy. Her eyes were really red.
"To look at her, you wouldn't think she could do something like that."
Even though CCTV camera caught the attack, it did not pick up the number plate and police told the victim it was unlikely they would find her attacker.
But a month later she spotted her attacker pushing a buggy in Dartford whilst out shopping.
She followed for approximately two hours and then to a block of flats in West Hill where she saw the Silver Vauxhall Astra with the "baby on board" sticker on and reported it to the police.
The victim said: "I was itching to ask why she did it.
"But I didn't want to ruin the chance of her getting caught.