A woman racially abused a driver in a car park as her six-year-old son begged her to stop, before sticking her fingers up in a fit of rage, a court heard.
Emma Fallon, 39 ,was caught on camera launching a tirade against a Pakistani woman, the Manchester Evening News reports.
She used a racist term during the incident at the Trafford Centre, at about 1pm on July 20 last year, after the car she travelling in was “cut up” on the motorway, Manchester Magistrates’ Court was told.
Fallon’s son begged his mum not to confront the victim as he was heard saying from the back seat of the car:” No mum”, the court heard.
“The complainant was making her way to the Trafford Centre at 1pm,” Tess Kenyon, prosecuting, said.
“She was the passenger and her husband was driving.”
A car then ‘stopped in front of them’, the prosecutor explained.
“The defendant, the passenger, put the window down and said ‘remember me? We were the people on the motorway you couldn’t give way to, f* a***’,” Ms Kenyon continued.
“She was described as being really angry. The more she was shouting the angrier she seemed to get.”
The victim became “really worried”, and at one point she could hear a small child in the back of the other car saying ‘no mum'”, Ms Kenyon added.
Fallon, from Merseyside, got out and approached the victim’s car before hitting it, the court was told.
“As she walked away she said ‘f* off you p*,” Ms Kenyon said, adding that as Fallon left the scene she “stuck two fingers up”.
The victim said she was Pakistani and said the “racist term” upset her deeply.
Ms Kenyon told the court Fallon said the reason for her behaviour was due to the incident on the motorway, which had meant her car had to switch lanes.
“It caused her to panic and she accepted that she overreacted,” the prosecutor said.
Addressing Fallon, chairman of the bench Richard Lenderyou said: “Somebody cut you up on the motorway, how did it escalate?”
Responding, the defendant said: “My little boy screamed, he thought we were going to have a car crash.
“I’m very protective of my family. One of the worst things I fear is my little boy growing up without a mum or a dad.
“Something in me snapped, I can’t explain what it was. For the life of me I don’t know why I did it.”
She told the court she had written a letter of apology to the victims.
Fallon previously pleaded guilty to racially/religiously aggravated intentional harassment/alarm or distress in words or writing.
She has no previous convictions, the court heard.
Footage of the incident was played to Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Representing herself Fallon told the court: “It’s completely out of character. I should never have done it.
“When we saw them the way they made it sound was like I woke up and thought ‘I’m going to cause trouble.
“That was not my intention. I didn’t foresee that coming. For the life of me I don’t know why I did it. I can’t explain how sorry I am to everybody involved. To my family as well, and little boy, I have upset them. I have held my hands up.”
Fallon was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with 60 hours of unpaid work.
Mr Lenderyou said it was ‘”inexcusable to racially abuse the lady in the car”.
“You have done it in front of the child,” he added. “I’m sure this will be something that will stay with you for a long time.”