Jeremy Vine road rage attack driver to appeal conviction

Rebecca Barbier
Abril 19, 2017

A motorist has failed in her appeal at Isleworth Crown Court against a conviction for threatening and abusing BBC presenter Jeremy Vine as he was cycling.

Shanique Syrene Pearson, 22, launched an abusive rant at Vine as the presenter cycled home from his daily midday Radio 2 show.

During today's appeal hearing, Crimewatch presenter Mr Vine told how he felt threatened in the altercation.

For the charge of driving without reasonable consideration to other road users and a charge of driving without valid tax, to which she previously pleaded guilty, she received no separate punishment.

At the time of the incident, she was subject to a suspended sentence for a string of previous convictions for robbery, thefts and assault.

Isleworth Crown Court heard how Pearson was serving a 22-month suspended sentence for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault with intent to resist arrests and shoplifting following an incident in 2012.

Pearson admitted pushing his bicycle but said that she just wanted him to move out of the way of her black Vauxhall Corsa.

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He said: "I've not had chance to think about myself and how I'm feeling". I thought we played well today. "I carry a bit (of weight) as well".

Vine replies: "I've got to be within a car's width of the parked cars", at which point she begins kicking out at him and ordering him to move his bicycle.

During the appeal, the BBC reports Jeremy Vine as saying, "I felt threatened". I felt I was dealing with a violent person and that was clear to me.

Footage from Vine's helmet camera, which has been viewed 15 million times, captured Pearson getting out of her vehicle to scream at Vine.

In mitigation the court heard since that offence she had become a mother and in the past had suffered domestic abuse.

Pearson denied making a gun shape with her hand, saying she stuck her middle finger up at him and had felt threatened when he cycled up to the passenger window of her auto.

At the end of the incident while pulling away he said, "She made a finger of her right hand into a gun and mocked fired at me".

She will be sentenced at a later date.

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