Road rage attack in car park

PUBLISHED: 13:12 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

A ROAD rage incident in a leisure park has led to a woman being banned from driving for a year. Elizabeth Kettley-Linsell was so incensed at what she thought was a piece of bad driving by another woman she deliberately drove her car at her. As a result ha

A ROAD rage incident in a leisure park has led to a woman being banned from driving for a year.

Elizabeth Kettley-Linsell was so incensed at what she thought was a piece of bad driving by another woman she deliberately drove her car at her.

As a result hairdresser Chimene Matthews had to put her hands out to protect herself and received injuries which kept her off work for three weeks.

Kettley-Linsell, 49, of Manor View, Stevenage, appeared for sentence at St Albans Crown Court on Friday having been found guilty earlier by a jury of assault causing actual bodily harm and dangerous driving on October 24 last year.

The court heard the scene for the confrontation was the car park of Stevenage Leisure Park.

Kettley-Linsell was reversing her VW Passat car out of a bay when Miss Matthews passed by the wrong way in her car causing the defendant to take action to avoid a collision.

Annoyed at what had happened, Kettley-Linsell mouthed something towards the other woman.

As Miss Matthews locked her car the defendant was abusive. The other woman didn't respond but walked away and it was then that Kettley-Linsell drove the car at her.

Passing sentence Judge Geoffrey Breen said: "It was one of those incidents which unfortunately happen in car parks."

He told Kettley-Linsell that if she had headed towards the exit instead she would not have found herself in court.

"You drove towards her clearly intending to frighten her," he added.

The judge said he accepted that she hadn't meant to harm the other lady, but because she had driven the VW so close to her, Miss Matthews had put her hands out in defence and sustained an injury.

The judge ordered Kettley-Linsell to serve a 12-month community order during which she must complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

He said that she cannot get back behind the wheel of a car until she has taken an extended driving test.

In addition she was also ordered to pay her victim £750 compensation and £500 towards the prosecution's costs.

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