Mother shoves woman into the path of a bus, calls her a ‘white b–ch’, gets no prison time


LONDON — A mother known as the “Pimlico Pusher” was sentenced last week by a judge, but has been spared jail despite shoving an older woman towards an oncoming bus after a dispute in a supermarket.

Amelia Doris, 40, was caught on a CCTV video attacking Linda Lancaster on Vauxhall Bridge Road in Pimlico, an area of central London, on May 29, 2018.

Prospero House, one of London’s new Nightingale courts, heard how Doris was filmed on CCTV attacking the victim.

According to Prosecutor John Livingston, Doris had accused Lancaster, who is a pensioner in her 60s, of bumping her handbasket against her son’s head while inside the Tesco Express in nearby Warwick Way.

Livingston said Doris yelled at her:

“You’ve met the wrong woman, you white bitch.”

After leaving the Tesco, Doris continued to act very aggressively and shouted into the supermarket, telling Lancaster to “watch what happens when you come out,” the Southwark crown court was told.

Lancaster then tried to avoid Doris by walking around the block after the argument in the supermarket because she did not want her to see where her car was parked.

After walking around the block, the two women’s paths crossed again on the sidewalk in front of the store. Doris then “shoulder-barged” Lancaster head first toward an oncoming bus.

Lancaster’s head hit the front doors of the bus. She fell to the ground with cuts to her head and knees along with bruises to her hands and shoulders.

Video shows Doris then fled the scene with her young son while bystanders assisted Lancaster immediately.

Livingston said that the incident had a “considerable impact” on the victim’s mental health:

“She says, ‘This has caused me to suffer from post-traumatic stress, for which I am receiving ongoing counselling for’ because she had just come out of the hospital having had major surgery.

“She says she is not a confrontational person. She too points out [she] is lucky not to be worse injured in the physical sense.

“She says she found the incident extremely scary.”

Since the attack, Lancaster has changed her behavior completely and moved out of London out of fear of encountering Doris again, the court heard.

Her social life and ability to work in the travel industry were both impacted by the incident. In a statement, Lancaster wrote:

“I am reluctant and avoid going out to do basic things such as go to my local store.”

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Judge Sally Cahill, QC, told Doris:

“Your victim was somebody completely unknown to you.

“She was shopping, minding her own business in the shop, when as the result of some slight that you appeared to have taken you started by assaulting her and calling her by an abusive name.

“You later stood outside the shop and some time later pushed her into what turned out to be a bus coming along the road.

“Medical evidence has been submitted in respect of your optical and auditory facilities, and there is little doubt that as a result of those it may be possible that you hadn’t appreciated the full extent of what was going to happen.”

The judge added that the victim, while fortunate to have escaped even worse injuries, has had to make “substantial” changes to her life as a result of the attack:

“You are somebody of previous good character, which makes this incident completely out of character and really quite inexplicable.

“It’s an incident which I view with great concern because the only way it can be explained is that it is either as a result of your lost temper or as a result of your mental health.”

Doris attended the hearing via video link from her apartment, and her lawyer, Darryl Cherrett, defended her, saying:

“My client has had for some time had significant mental disorder and learning disability and a certain difficulty in assessing situations involving her children.”

Cherrett also said Doris had a history involving “significant domestic violence” that included one of her two children and that she was triggered by Lancaster bumping her child on the head with a shopping basket.

Cherrett added:

“Given Ms. Doris’ lack of any previous convictions whatsoever, something must have happened to spark this incident.”

The Sun reported that Cherrett defended Doris as having a “complex mental health history,” which was outlined in a psychiatric evaluation. He said:

“She is 40 years old, of good character but has quite a lot of traumatic history.

“She currently has supporting mental health workers with her.”

Doris became known as the “Pimlico Pusher” when police appealed for information following the assault.

Detective Constable Samantha Edwards, who led the investigation, said at the time:

 “This was an unprovoked assault which could have had much more serious consequences.

“It goes without saying that the victim has been deeply affected emotionally by this whole incident.”

Doris, of Horseferry Road in Westminster, admitted assault occasioning actual body harm and racially aggravated assault by beating.

Last week, Judge Cahill QC sentenced Doris to 10 months in prison, which is suspended for one year, and ordered her to complete a mental health treatment program and 20 days of rehabilitation.

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