Woman punches 64-year-old grandma in front of children for being 'too slow' on the school run
Emma Sands, 32, received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was to pay £150 to the victim after the altercation outside a Stoke-on-Trent primary school
A mother of three who punched a 64-year-old grandmother outside a school in front of horrified children because she wasn't walking fast enough has been spared jail time.
The 32-year-old woman, Emma Sands, assaulted the grandmother and pushed her down the verge because she was not walking fast enough as both were taking children to the same Stoke-on-Trent primary school — Ball Green.
As reported by The Stoke Sentinel, the 32-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent had pleaded guilty to common assault after she punched the grandmother in the back and pushed her down a verge. Prosecutor Lynne Warrington shared with magistrates at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre that the victim had heard someone come up behind her and say something as she was walking towards the school.
"She asked the children what was said, and they said it was a comment about her not being able to walk properly. She turned to face the defendant and asked, 'What did you say?'" Lynne Warrington shared. "Miss Sands said, 'Shut up'. She was holding a bike lock and appeared angry. She swung her right hand in what is described as 'a boxer’s hook punch'," she continued. After being punched in the back, Sands pushed her down a grassy verge.
Sands then proceeded to continuously swing at the woman while the children watched in horror and "shrieked with fear". Later on, Sands was arrested and then told the police that she had gotten annoyed as she could not get past the older woman on the path. She also shared with a probation officer that she had been going through a very stressful period and was "in a rush" that morning.
"This was an alarming incident. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself. This was humiliating for the victim and scary for the children. You are a mother of three children — you should know better," magistrate Joanne Fox shared.
Joanne Corbett, who was mitigating, shared, "Miss Sands has been under immense pressure. On this day, it was something and nothing, a disagreement which Miss Sands took to heart and she snapped. She has accepted from the outset that she behaved inappropriately and she’s absolutely mortified by what she has done.
"She’s had an awful lot on her plate and it is also the anniversary of her husband’s death at this time of year. Miss Sands is a lady who is crying out for help."
The magistrates had given Sands an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and also ordered that she pay £150 as compensation to her victim.