Tristan KirkMon, 8 February 2021, 5:53 pm
Amelia Doris, 40, was caught on camera deliberately knocking over victim Linda Lancaster, sending her tumbling forward and into the side of a double-decker bus.
The attack was the culmination of an incident which began inside the nearby Tesco store, when Doris flew into a rage over a perceived slight to her young son.
She shoved Ms Lancaster inside the store, hurled racial abuse, and told her: “Watch out, watch what happens to you when you come outside”, Southwark crown court heard.
Ms Lancaster walked around the block to try to avoid any further confrontation with Doris, but she was then knocked into the bus when they came across each other again in Vauxhall Bridge Road.
Doris was dubbed the ‘Pimlico Pusher’ after the Met Police circulated footage of the incident in a bid to catch her.
This afternoon, Judge Sally Cahill QC sentenced her to ten months in prison suspended for a year, ordering her to complete a mental health treatment programme and 20 days of rehabilitation.
“Your victim was somebody completely unknown to you, she was shopping and minding her own business”, the judge said.
“As a result of some slight you appeared to have taken, you started by assaulting her and calling her by an abusive name.”
The judge accepted Doris had not appreciated the potentially catastrophic harm she could have caused by pushing Ms Lancaster towards the bus, and added: “You are someone of previous good character which makes this incident completely out of character and really quite inexplicable.
“The only way it can be explained is either as a result of a loss of temper or a result of mental health. It is difficult to see any other explanation for it.”
The incident, on May 29, 2018, began as Ms Lancaster was about to leave the Tesco store and Doris’s son was swinging on a metal bar.
Doris, believing Ms Lancaster’s basket had touched her son’s head, shouted “you have met the wrong woman you white b***h”, the court heard.
“She then shoved Ms Lancaster on the shoulder, forcing her to stumble forward”, said prosecutor John Livingston.
“Ms Lancaster came out of the store and immediately turned right, and because she was worried about Ms Doris seeing where her car was parked she essentially walked round the block and eventually coming back to the front of the Tesco again.
“Ms Doris was still there, and she pushed her into the side of the oncoming bus so she hit her head against the front doors of that bus.”
Ms Lancaster, who works in the travel industry, suffered injuries to her head and knees, and was left with post-traumatic stress disorder, the court heard.
“She found the incident extremely scary and is still trying to deal with thoughts she has remaining”, said Mr Livingston, who said the victim has been left scared to go to the shops or out socialising with friends.
The judge told Doris: “The greatest injury has been psychological – this was for her a truly terrifying incident.
“She has had substantial changes to her life because she is so concerned about the environment in which she lives.”
Doris, who was sentenced via videolink from her home, admitted assault by beating and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Darryl Cherrett, her barrister, said Doris has learning difficulties and mental health difficulties, and the incident was sparked by her belief that her son had been knocked on the head with a shopping basket.
She entered guilty pleas last month on the first day of her trial, with the judge agreeing for her to be sentenced remotely as she was not going to send her straight to prison.
ANOTHER STUPID JUDGEMENT!!! What if she had died from her injuries? Or She had gone in front of the bus? Doris should have been jailed and then a medical assessment later taken. She shouldn’t have been given a suspended sentence.