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’
PUBLISHED: 19:31 EST, 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 08:13 EST, 14 April 2012
A white van driver who rammed his vehicle into a horse and rider has been jailed.
A judge branded Nadeem Hussain 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.