Wednesday 10 May 2017 17.33 BST
A motorist who used her car to chase a cyclist and ram him into a tree after an argument over her use of a mobile phone at the wheel has been jailed for three years.
Damien Doughty suffered serious injuries after the incident in north London in February last year. Justine Henshaw-Bryan, who is now pregnant and due to give birth in November, claimed her boyfriend had grabbed the wheel.
But the judge told her she had used the car “as a weapon” to injure the cyclist and could have killed him.
“Those who are unable to control their temper while driving and feel that cyclists are fair game must be dealt with severely,” Judge Gregory Perrins told her as he passed sentence on Wednesday.
He said she must have been aware of the risk her driving presented to him. “This was a calculated attempt to run him over and use your car as a weapon. It would have been obvious that to do so would have carried significant risk of injury.”
Doughty said: “[I was] exceptionally scared. You can hear the engine revving really close to you. I remember the car rear ending me, kind of letting out a scream and realising what was happening. I crumbled into a heap on the floor, and I am in extreme amounts of pain.”