A Sheffield taxi driver has avoided a prison sentence after he drove at a cyclist in a 'moment of madness' and “caused her to fall off.”
The Star reports that at around 9am on January 26 last year, Iftikhar Ahmed was driving up Ecclesall Road when a cyclist riding in front indicated that she was about to overtake a bus which had pulled up at a stop.
Deploying a somewhat bizarre choice of words, Recorder Keir Monteith told Ahmed: "The taxi you were driving drove forward and blocked her away around the bus. She said that was in spite of the traffic in front of you."
The cyclist hit the near side passenger window to speak to Ahmed, said Monteith. “You opened the window and shouted something aggressive, and she was very frank with the police, and this court, in saying she called you a psycho."
At this point both the bus and the cyclist began to move off, but Ahmed, drove straight at the cyclist in what Monteith described as a 'moment of madness'.
The cyclist, who suffered a sprained wrist, grazing to her knees and bruising to her hip, told police she fell because Ahmed hit her.
Ahmed pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the basis that he did not physically hit her, but caused her to fall and injure herself by driving towards her.
Jeremy Barton, defending, said: "This defendant behaved, and drove, in the most dreadful way. He's lost his licence. He's lost his licence to drive as a taxi driver.
"He has suffered significant stress as a result of his own stupidity. He has suffered, his family have suffered, which he accepts is his own doing."
Monteith said he would 'reluctantly' suspend Ahmed's prison sentence, on the basis of Barton’s mitigation.
He therefore sentenced Ahmed to 15 months in prison suspended for two years and ordered him to complete 280 hours of unpaid work as well as a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement through the Better Drivers programme.
In addition to this, Ahmed was banned from driving for 18 months and will be obliged to take an extended driving test before getting back behind the wheel.
Monteith added: "Luckily, she was wearing a helmet. I want you to pause and think about how horrendous this could have been for her, and then you, if she wasn't wearing a helmet. Fortunately she was, and the helmet took most of the impact."