A RAGING mother who nudged an Insulate Britain protester with her Range Rover has defended her actions.
Sherilyn Speid, 34, wheeled the 4×4 into eco-warriors who sat in the street while she walked her son to school.
She was due to appear in court yesterday for dangerous driving but changed her plea to guilty at the eleventh hour.
A criminal offense of assault was dropped by the Attorney at Southend Magistrates’ Court.
Speid was hailed as a hero after footage showed her driving her £80,000 SUV into activist Bethany Mogie, 39, while trying to take her 11-year-old son to school.
Series demonstrator Mogie is not facing lawsuits despite violating a government restraining order.
This morning, the 35-year-old told LBC how the court’s decision will affect her.
She said: “It is a great injustice to me. I feel devastated, I feel let down.
“I have no criminal record, I’ve worked hard my whole life and I literally just wanted to get my son to school.
“He’s scared, he’s just started seventh year. I had to be there for him to support him.
“Before that, he had 18 months of school due to the pandemic. Education is really important to me. I just feel very disappointed.”
She went on to explain that she has to shell out a huge price for insurance – and won’t be able to chauffeur her young son around.
She said: “I can’t drive, I can’t take my son to football now, which he enjoys and thrives on, I can’t take him to school.
“He’s got a really bad leg injury, he’s on crutches today and had to get on a bus.
“Obviously I’m too scared to even speak my mind at this point because I know the police won’t be on my side, they will be against me and there’s nothing I could do.”
The court was told yesterday that the drama unfolded near the M25 on October 13 last year.
In the footage shown, Speid could be heard urging protesters to “get out of the way now,” adding, “My son has to go to school and I have to go to work.”
She continued: “My son is 11 and he has to go to school.”
Prosecutor Ashley Petchey said Speid did not “speed” because the brakes were used “quite heavily”.
He added: “This was clearly an incident where there was a risk, even if no injury was caused.”
Speid revealed in January that both Insulate Britain and Mogie no longer supported the charges but claimed police were still moving forward based on the footage.
She also vowed to fight the charges and go to court to clear her name.
Speaking to The Sun, the mum said: “I’m really still in shock that it’s come to this.
“I stand by what I said and did – I don’t think it’s right to keep children from going to school.
“Obviously I could have handled it better, but I can’t take it back. But I didn’t hurt anyone – nobody was hurt and needed medical treatment.” I will fight it – I feel strong and ready for the process.
“I’m not a bad person and I made no effort to hurt anyone — I just wanted to take my son to school and go to work.”
The court was told prosecutors are seeking £310 in costs and Speid was given a provisional driving ban ahead of his sentencing on May 6.
In a statement, Insulate Britain previously said they “stand by Sherrilyn” and called for the charges against the mother to be dropped.
It read: “Insulate Britain is calling on the police, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Crown Prosecution Service to drop the charges against Sherrilyn Speid.
“Essex Police were informed on October 21 that Insulate Britain supporters would not be assisting them in their investigation.
“Insulate Britain can see no benefit to anyone in prosecuting Sherrilyn.
“Sherrilyn’s prosecution is yet another example of the state acting against our interests, a single mother caught in the frustration and delay of our government’s treacherous inaction and then prosecuted, possibly fined, for it.
“We stand with Sherrilyn, we stand with those facing the cost of living crisis.
“We are calling on the Government to insulate our homes to protect us, the families of Britain, from unprecedented increases in fuel, the millions of households now making a choice between eating or heating.”
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