A RAGING mum punched a gran in front of horrified schoolchildren because she was walking too slow.
Impatient Emma Sands left kids "shrieking in fear" during the attack on the 64-year-old, which took place on the school run in Stoke-on-Trent.
The 32-year-old repeatedly landed blows on the gran outside Ball Green Primary School on February 7 because she was "in a rush", Stoke Sentinel reports.
She has now escaped jail and was instead handed an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after admitting common assault.
Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard how both women were walking to school at around 9am when the horror unfolded.
'BOXER'S HOOK PUNCH'
The gran, who wasn't named, heard a voice behind her and was told by her granddaughters it was a comment about her "not being able to walk properly".
She confronted mum-of-three Sands, who flew into a rage and told her to "shut up".
Prosecutor Lynne Warrington said: "She was holding a bike lock and appeared angry. She swung her right hand in what is described as ‘a boxer’s hook punch’.”
Sands whacked the pensioner on the back and shoved her towards a steep grass verge.
As kids cried out around the pair, she continued to "swing her arm" and land blows on the victim.
'ANNOYED SHE COULDN'T GET PAST'
Miss Warrington said: “The complainant was taken into school and Miss Sands was arrested. When she was interviewed she told officers she was annoyed because she couldn’t get past the complainant up the path.”
Joanne Corbett, defending, said Sands was "under immense pressure" at the time because of "family issues" and just "snapped".
She added: "She has accepted from the outset that she behaved inappropriately and she’s absolutely mortified by what she has done.
"She’s had an awful lot on her plate and it is also the anniversary of her husband’s death at this time of year. Miss Sands is a lady who is crying out for help.”
Sands will now have to pay £150 compensation to her victim, £135 court costs and a £115 victim surcharge, as well as completing a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
Magistrate Joanne Fox said: “This was an alarming incident. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.
“This was humiliating for the victim and scary for the children. You are a mother of three children – you should know better.”
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