An infidel female alone on horseback telling a soldier of allah to slow down? No wonder Nadeem Hussein was enraged.
Bully road rage van driver who rammed into terrified horse rider simply because she asked him to slow down is jailed
- Nadeem Hussain jailed for ten months after using vehicle ‘like a weapon’
- Traumatised rider, 20, says ‘I could have been paralysed’
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A white van driver who rammed his vehicle into a horse and rider has been jailed.
A judge brandedÂ Nadeem HussainÂ a bully and said he had used his vehicle as a weapon.
Hussain was driving along a country lane when Charlotte Watmough signalled for him to slow down. Instead, the father of five skidded to a halt and got out of his vehicle.
Words were exchanged before Hussain got back into his van and drove forwards a few feet, past the horse and rider.
He then slammed it into reverse and drove into Miss Watmough’s mount, Merlin, pushing him into a wall.
The animal panicked and reared up, causing the rider to lose her stirrups and have to fight to stay in the saddle.
Merlin, a 12-year-old Anglo Arab, was later seen by a vet, who found he had suffered bruising to his fetlock.
Miss Watmough, 20, who has ridden regularly since she was three, was left traumatised, with a sore arm, shoulders and neck, caused by the force with which she had to hold on to the horse.
Hussain, 31, drove off after the incident in Baxenden, Accrington, Lancashire, but the rider noted his registration number and he was later arrested.Â
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Hussain, of Accrington, admitted dangerous driving and was jailed for ten months at Burnley Crown Court.
He was also banned from driving for a year and must take an extended retest.
Speaking afterwards, Miss Watmough, of Rossendale, Lancashire, said she was delighted with the sentence and urged drivers to show more respect to riders.
She said: ‘It’s just brilliant, when I got the news I couldn’t believe it. I never expected him to go to prison for that length of time.
‘It will hopefully give him time to think about what he did.’
The student, who is due to begin a course in primary school teaching, added: ‘Because Merlin was rearing up, I just hung on trying to control him.
‘I was screaming at the top of my voice, I thought I was going to fall off and get run over or be squashed by Merlin. Thinking back, it was really, really dangerous. I could have been paralysed.
‘It was just so random, I was so shocked – it wasn’t provoked, I’m always polite.
‘I’ve never come across anyone like that out on the road.
‘I didn’t think he would stop until either I or Merlin was on the floor.
‘I couldn’t sleep for about a week afterwards. I just kept waking up crying and I was referred to counselling by my doctor. It still upsets me and I’m nervous when I go out riding.’
Terror: Rider Charlotte Watmough, pictured with 12-year-old Anglo Arab Merlin, had to fight to stay in her saddle. She said she ‘could have been paralysed’ in the run-in with Hussain
Defending, Martin Hackett, said Hussain accepted there had been an ‘altercation’ but denied getting out of his vehicle or reversing into the horse. He claimed Miss Watmough had hit him with her ‘riding stick’.
Judge Beverley Lunt told him he had intended to frighten the horse and rider and his actions could have had very serious consequences.
She continued: ‘You behaved like a bully. You used your vehicle to intimidate and threaten. That’s like using it as a weapon.
‘People who lose their temper and use their cars to threaten and intimidate, and where they cause fear and harm, must understand the consequences will be severe.’