"I'm going to bomb your yard."
Mohsin Khan, aged 27, of Lenton, Nottingham, was jailed for driving towards a pregnant woman’s car, causing her to crash. The dangerous driver also told her: “I’m going to bomb your yard.”
Nottingham Crown Court heard that the woman took evasive action and swerved her car to the left when she realised Khan was driving towards her car.
The woman crashed into a telegraph pole on the pavement in Lenton Boulevard.
Her and Khan’s vehicles were directly in the line of travel of another car parked by a driver just before the accident.
The driver of the parked car moved out of the way on the pavement and Khan, who is a banned driver, crashed into the back of his car.
Philip Plant, prosecuting, said that the pregnant woman, who was 18-weeks pregnant at the time, was still at the scene and “she thought and felt she was going to die”.
The woman recognised Khan who got out of the car and told her: “I’m going to bomb your yard.”
She saw a clear bottle of liquid in his hand which she thought was petrol. He poured it onto his car and it lit briefly before going out.
The frightened woman ran up the road and tried to enter a shop but could not, so she hid in some bushes.
Mr Plant explained: “Having attempted to set fire to the car, Khan made off across the road and disappeared and was arrested at his home address.”
In a statement, the woman said she felt vulnerable and scared to go out, especially in the evening. Since the incident, she has not been able to drive a car.
The dangerous driver has 14 convictions for 40 offences between 2009 and 2018. This includes two offences against the victim, driving without a licence, affray, theft of a vehicle and driving while disqualified.
There had been a background to the incident which was of a personal nature which had come to light that day.
It was alleged that someone had committed a crime, however, it turned out to be false.
In mitigation, Andrew Vout said that Khan had no issues with the woman at all.
He said: “His anger was such it was not for her. He bears no ill will.”
He acknowledged “there is no excuse for the driving and for what happened afterwards”.
Mr Vout said the liquid was a mixture of petrol, brake fluid and engine oil. The defendant had been working in the motor trade and this involved stripping a car down and removing the engine.
Mr Vout explained that in order to remove the engine, it is necessary to drain the fluid.
Judge Steven Coupland said he accepted there was no suggestion that he went out looking for the person he thought was at fault and it was a “chance meeting with a car you thought was attributed to that person”.
He added: “This wasn’t a planned act of revenge.”
Khan was jailed for two years for attempted arson. He also received 12 months for dangerous driving and four months in prison for driving while disqualified, both to run concurrently.
Nottingham Post reported that his licence will be endorsed for failing to stop after a road accident and having no insurance on August 28, 2019.
He was banned from driving for four years, one year to account for his time in custody and the remaining three years to run when he is released. He must complete an extended retest.
A restraining order banned him from contacting the woman for three years.