Pregnant hit-and-run driver jailed after deliberately driving cyclist off the road


by Emma Dodds |
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Justine Henshaw-Bryan rammed her car into a cyclist after he told her to put down her phone whilst driving

A pregnant woman has been jailed for three years after deliberately driving her at speed into a cyclist after he told her off for being on her phone whilst driving.

Justine Henshaw-Bryan, 25, from London, was caught on camera chasing cyclist Damien Doughty, ramming him into a tree at great speed.

Damien, 40, was rushed to intensive care with fractured ribs and a severe laceration to his liver.

25-year-old Justin Henshaw-Bryan has been sentenced to three years in prison (Credit: Facebook/ Metropolitan Police Service ©Facebook/ Metropolitan Police Service

Damien had earlier reprimanded Justine when the two nearly collided for being on her phone whilst driving.

Justine responded by telling him to "f*ck off" and showed him her middle finger - which didn't go down well with Damien, who admitted to "kicking her wing mirror" in fury.

But that is nothing compared to Justine's next actions - which, unluckily for her, were caught by a CCTV camera.

The footage shows Justine, who is currently three months pregnant, chasing down the cyclist in her former boyfriend's Ford Fiesta.

She then horrifyingly rammed her car into him, sending him flying into a nearby tree.

The woman did not stop, and carried on driving.

Damien, who is a freelance courier, could not work whilst he recovered from his injuries, leaving him forced to set up a crowdfunding page to help pay his rent.

She could be seen deliberately chasing Damien Doughty and rammed her car into him (Credit: Facebook/ Metropolitan Police Service ©Facebook/ Metropolitan Police Service

Justine tried to say that her "violent" ex-boyfriend had actually taken the wheel and caused the incident, something he vehemently denied.

The jury found her guilty, and she was sentenced to three years - meaning that she faces the prospect of giving birth in prison.

She was also given a four-and-a-half year driving ban and six points on her license.

Judge Gregory Perrins said to the mum-to-be: "I accept that you were on your mobile phone and weren't paying proper attention when you pulled out. Rather than accepting you were in the wrong and apologise, you effectively turned on him and shouted at him to 'f*ck off'.

"He was understandably angry. This is the sort of incident that cyclists in London have to endure on a depressingly regular basis. You deliberately pursued him at speed. You drove no more than a few feet away.

"This wasn't, therefore, an accident caused by your reckless driving. This was a calculated attempt to run him over, effectively using your car as a weapon."

The judge continued, addressing her pregnancy: "I am also told that you are pregnant. It must follow that you became pregnant knowing you were facing trial for this offence. Those who are unable to control their temper when driving and think cyclists are fair game must be dealt with severely."

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