Judge blasts road rage mum who attacked a driver with her car key – but spares her jail for the sake of her kids
Laura Line, 28, punched Gemma Geary, 37, after a near miss at a roundabout in Dordon, Warwickshire, in June.
She followed after Ms Geary, who had right of way, before stopping in front of her car and swearing wildly at her.
Line then got out, went up to her window and screamed: "You f*****g b****. You don't know who I am. I'm going to kill you."
Line pulled at the partly-open window of Ms Geary's car, causing some damage to it, before opening the door and punching her in the face.
She then took Ms Geary's keys and, with them protruding between her fingers, hit her in the face again.
Line, of Baddesley Ensor, was convicted of assault and causing damage to her car following a trial at Warwick Crown Court.
She was sentenced to 21 months, suspended for two years with 35 days rehab, and ordered to 100 hours unpaid work.
Judge Anthony Potter said: "You are responsible not for one, or two, but three children. You should feel thoroughly ashamed of yourself for what you put them through.
"Not only did they have to witness you behaving like an unhinged maniac, but they have had to pick up the sense of anxiety over this court case.
"The children are probably just better off having you at home rather than having both parents in prison.
Prosecutor Caroline Harris told the court how Line's children were screaming in the back as she flew into a rage after trying to cross the mini-roundabout.
The court heard Line had a previous conviction for affray and a reprimand for assault.
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