Mum Threatened To Run Over Lollipop Lady Outside School

14/08/2014 16:54 | Updated 22 May 2015

Mum threatened to run over lollipop lady outside school

A mum has appeared in court after she threatened to run over a 70-year-old lollipop lady after a row outside a school.

Manchester magistrates heard how Jade O'Brien, 26, assaulted the crossing patrol pensioner after being asked by her to move the car.

The mum had parked her Audi A3 close to St Mary's C of E Primary School in Moston, Manchester as she dropped off her son.

The lollipop lady, Mary Tomlinson-Harrison, pointed out that her vehicle was sticking out into the road, making it dangerous for children to cross.

According to the Manchester Evening News, O'Brien flew into a rage and told Ms Tomlinson-Harrison to 'shut up.'

Upon returning to her car after delivering her son at school, she saw Ms Tomlinson-Harrison was writing down her registration number.

She then launched a 'foul-mouthed attack' on the pensioner, and jabbed her repeatedly.

Tess Kenyon, prosecuting, told the hearing: "The defendant said: 'Don't ******* start with me. I'm not in the mood and I'll run you over.' The victim replied: 'You will, will you?'. The defendant said again: 'Don't start with me' whilst jabbing her finger into the shoulder of the lollipop lady. She then got back into her car and drove off at speed."

O'Brien's solicitor, Rebecca Stanton, admitted it had been 'a particularly unpleasant incident' but claimed O'Brien was 'very stressed and late' on the morning concerned.

"She's remorseful to say the very least. She was running particularly late and was very stressed," she said.

She added that Miss O'Brien was 'a lady with significant difficulties herself' and told the court she had previously been sectioned under the Mental Health Act after attacking someone in November 2010, and that her former boyfriend was now in prison.

O'Brien pleaded guilty to assault and was fined £400, with £85 costs. She was also ordered to pay Ms Tomlinson-Harrison £50 compensation.

Ms Tomlinson-Harrison said she had been left 'gobsmacked' by O'Brien's behaviour.

"There was no need whatsoever for her to act like that. I only asked her to move her car," she said. "She just lost it completely, and used all sorts of language. She kept jabbing me in the shoulder.

"Everyone gets upset from time to time, but they don't do that. I'm just sorry she felt the need to do what she did," she added.


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