A woman from Dundee, Scotland, has been given six months to knit her way out of a prison sentence. The unusual challenge was laid down to Angela McCabe after she pleaded guilty to a road rage attack. The 47-year-old admitted boxing-in her victim’s car, hauling open her driver’s side door and punching her in the face following an argument over her driving. McCabe, however, denied tailing her victim for several miles through the city’s streets, claiming that the pursuit had been a coincidence and that she was simply a “keen knitter” who happened to have been driving to a specialist wool shop near to where the assault took place.
Leaping on that claim, Sheriff John Rafferty told her she must return to Dundee Sheriff Court in December
having knitted numerous items capable of being sold in charity shops to raise money for good causes.
He said her ability and willingness to do so could be the difference between prison and a sentence of community service.
A road rage woman who punched a motorist across the face has been told her only hope of avoiding prison is to prove she is an expert knitter.
Amanda McCabe tailed her victim, Claire Smith, for several miles before boxing her in, hauling open her driver’s side door and punching her.
At Dundee Sheriff Court, McCabe claimed the pursuit was a simple coincidence, as she was a “keen knitter” and planned to visit a wool shop near to where the assault took place.
On hearing that, Sheriff Rafferty laid down a challenge – one that he said could be the difference between liberty and prison.
He told McCabe she would return to court on December 14 with “multiple knitted items” capable of being sold in a charity shop.
Depute Fiscal John Adams said Ms Smith and a friend had been driving along the Kingsway when the accused entered from a slip road.
“Ms Smith was not very impressed with the accused’s driving and made her feelings known,” he said.
“Unfortunately this led to the accused following Ms Smith for around five to 10 minutes.”
When Ms Smith took a wrong turn and entered a car park to perform a U-turn, McCabe pounced.
She boxed-in her car and leapt from her driver’s seat before opening her door and punching her once on the face.
Ms Smith was left with a red mark but did not require medical attention.
Solicitor Jim Laverty told the court: “She is utterly ashamed of herself and says that it was simply a loss of control.
As for following the complainer, she indicates that Cardean Street was her intended journey’s end. She is a keen knitter and a nearby specialist wool shop was her destination...”
Sheriff Rafferty told McCabe: “This was a quite shocking incident. You went in the same direction as your victim, at the very least, and then went to her car door and assaulted her, though I accept that it was out of character.
If you are a skilled knitter then I am sure that you could produce some goods for charity.
You will bring to court several items that you have knitted that you are prepared to donate to a charity shop.
You have committed serious offences but you have a chance to do something useful with your time. Take this chance.”
McCabe admitted assaulting Claire Smith on January 8 this year by punching her on the head.
Sentence was deferred until December for her to be of good behaviour and to produce the knitted items.