A YOUNG mum beat up another woman in a vicious road rage attack in front of their children.
Foul mouthed Fatima Festus, 22, blamed driver Amilia Luby for almost causing an accident – despite her ”cutting up” the victim at a junction.
She yelled “my f***ing child is in the back of my car” before dragging Miss Luby out of her blue BMW and repeatedly punching her in the head as their kids aged six months and a year watched.
A friend of Miss Luby’s who was in the passenger seat tried to intervene but was punched in the stomach in the attack in Didsbury last June.
Miss Luby suffered a black eye, cuts to her lip and bruises to her elbow as well as swelling to the right temple of her head. She now says she is too scared to leave the house.
Festus, from Burnage, Manchester, later claimed the incident was a ”bit of a blur” and said at the time she was “scared something might have happened to her young baby”.
At Manchester magistrates’ court, Festus, who is now pregnant with her second child, admitted common assault but escaped jail after claims it was a ”spontaneous attack”.
Prosecutor Miss Marion Nolan said: “As Amilia pulled out to turn left the defendant overtook her and cut in front of her. Amilia had to slam on the brakes as not to go into her and as both cars stopped the defendant got out of her car.
“As she approached Amilia she shouted: ‘My f***ing child is in the back of my car!’ She then opened Amilia’s car door and grabbed the top of her head and dragged her out of the car.
“She then punched Amilia to the head and face. She says it happened so quickly that the complainant can’t remember if she retaliated.
“She has been suffering since the attack and says she is too scared to leave the house.”
But in mitigation Robert Moussalli said: “This is extremely out of character for this defendant.
“She says she was driving along with her six month-old child in the back when Miss Luby pulled out in front of her. It was her first born and she felt very protective over the safety of her young child.
“She remembers opening the car door and shouting and after that it became a bit of a blur.
“She understands that this shouldn’t have happened and she wishes she had acted in a different way.”
Festus was sentenced to a 12-month community order and was ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work. She must also pay £200 compensation and £235 in costs and surcharges.
Chairman of the bench Simon Morrell told her: “You subjected this woman to a sustained attack and the ordeal must have been scary for her. The only mitigating factor is your remorse and the fact that this was a spontaneous attack.”
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