A father has been jailed for 10 months after he knocked down a teacher and almost hit two children in a fit of road rage.
Rainier Schoeman, 22, drove a short distance with teacher Gareth McCarthy on his bonnet before the teacher fell off.
Winston Churchill School in Woking had written to parents asking them not to drop their children off in the school grounds.
Mr McCarthy was asked to stand at the entrance gates to enforce the rule, but Mr Schoeman took exception.
Prosecutor Charlotte Morrish said that Schoeman and Mr McCarthy had previously had words about the new rules on February 6.
But then on February 20 when the teacher was at the gates again, Schoeman told him ‘Well, unless I see something in writing I’m coming in.’
He then revved his engine before and Mr McCarthy turned away. As he did so, Schoeman edged forward, knocking into the teacher’s legs and causing him to sit on the bonnet.
But then he accelerated through the gates with his partner’s nine-year-old daughter on the back seat, taking Mr McCarthy with him.
He fell off the bonnet of the car, hitting his head on the floor and causing an injury to his head that needed to be glued.
As he was jailed for 10 months, Schoeman was described as a ‘selfish, brutish bully’.
The court was told that Schoeman did not fully accept the blame for what happened and blamed his victim.
Even his own lawyer described him as ‘arrogant’ and a ‘prime candidate to go straight to prison’.
A probation officer said: ‘Mr Schoeman has a different version of events and, while he accepts his guilt, he does place some of the blame on Gareth McCarthy.
‘He does state that he is very sorry for what he’s done, but I was sorry to hear that he was rather disparaging towards Mr McCarthy and his sense of entitlement to have driven into the car park on that day.
‘He doesn’t have anything good to say about Mr McCarthy at all although he does state that he didn’t intend to injure him.’
Defence barrister Rupert Hallowes said: ‘The problem this defendant has is that he struggles to come to come to terms with just how appalling his conduct was.
‘Mr McCarthy was a teacher. Mr McCarthy’s task in the afternoon was to ensure that cars did not come into the car park.
‘Mr Schoeman had driven around him once. He was clearly hopeful that he might be able to be able to do so again.
‘This suggests an arrogant, high-handed attitude on his part.
‘Tempers were raised to some degree. Mr McCarthy positions himself deliberately in front of the vehicle. Although the car edges towards him it does seem as though Mr McCarthy sits on the car.
‘It was an outrageously disproportionate response to that situation. There is a degree of immaturity to this man, I suspect. It takes a man to accept that he is wholly responsible. He hasn’t yet accepted it.’
Before sentencing, Judge Davies said: ‘One line stood out to me from Mr McCarthy’s statement: “I am appalled by this man’s actions”. It stood out to me because that is the word that came to my mind: “Appalled”.
‘Your defence used the word outrageous. It troubles me to hear from Probation that some how you seek to blame Gareth McCarthy for what happened. He was going about his work and the school had every right to restrict access to this car park.
‘You took matters into your own hands by nudging him. it’s horrific watching the video with his head banging on the concrete.
‘These offences in my judgement are so serious that you should go to prison.
‘It was one moment of madness. Of rage. You really need to examine yourself and ask why you behaved in that way.
‘In his statement, Gareth McCarthy describes you as “a selfish, brutish bully”. And in that moment, you were.’
Headteacher Zoe Johnson-Walker said: ‘This was a shocking, extraordinary incident, which has had an impact on the teacher and the rest of my staff.
‘It is regrettable that an individual has chosen to behave with such a blatant disregard for someone simply doing their job in trying to keep our students safe.
‘The governors and I believe that this is a just outcome and sends a clear message about behaviour towards public servants.’
Schoeman pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and having no MOT after the incident shortly after 3pm on February 20.
He was jailed for 10 months and given a two year and five month driving ban. He will also have to take an extended test when he is released.
Investigating officer PC Andrew Searle, from the Surrey Roads Policing Unit, added: ‘Rainer Schoeman’s actions on that day were absolutely disgraceful and could have had far worse consequences for the teacher, and other children who he narrowly missed.
‘It is clearly no way to behave in front of children at a school firstly with their safety in mind, but also it sets an incredibly poor example.
‘We all know that school car parking situations are a frustration for many parents around the country, however if you cross the line there is every chance you can go to prison as Rainer Schoeman has done.’
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