Pregnant woman in ‘racist’ attack
A heavily pregnant woman was pinned against a post by a 4×4 and racially abused in a road rage incident, a court has heard.
Sarah Chambers, 25, was allegedly attacked by doctor Mary Arnaot, 50, after a near miss on the A2 Kent Road in Bexleyheath, Kent on August 10 2005.
Blackfriars Crown Court heard Ms Arnaot denied one count of dangerous driving and five other charges.
Ms Chambers said she was left in unbearable pain after the attack.
Ms Arnaot pleaded not guilty to damaging the Ford Fiesta Miss Chambers was in, causing her racially aggravated actual bodily harm, and inflicting ordinary ABH.
She also pleaded not guilty to two allegations of common assault against Ms Chambers and her boyfriend Steven Boakes, 26.
The court heard how the incident began at about 2000 BST as Ms Chambers’ partner drove her long the A2 Kent Road.
Without warning, the doctor’s Nissan 4X4 veered towards them, forcing Ms Chambers to yank the steering wheel to avoid a collision.
After Ms Arnaot sped away, the couple began following her to ensure there would not be a crash, the court heard.
When the couple caught up with Ms Arnaot they confronted her.
But she drove her Nissan into Ms Chambers, who was almost seven months pregnant at the time, and pinned her against a post, jurors were told.
Ms Chambers, who claimed her “road rage” attacker called her “Tony Blair’s bitch”, said as the pain went from bad to “unbearable” she was left unable to move, barely able to scream and convinced her unborn child would die.
She told London’s Blackfriars Crown Court: “I couldn’t breathe. I was so scared for my baby. The post was really digging into my stomach.”
The hearing continues.