Driver found guilty of abusing presenter Jeremy Vine in conviction appeal


A driver found guilty of threatening and abusing BBC presenter Jeremy Vine as he was cycling is to appeal against her conviction.

Shanique Syrena Pearson, 22, threatened to knock out the presenter and made a gun sign at him as she screamed insults on August 26 last year.

The confrontation was captured on a helmet camera worn by the 51-year-old Crimewatch presenter, who said he felt the gun gesture was a "serious threat".

It took place as he cycled to BBC offices near Oxford Circus from his home in Chiswick, west London.

He was cycling in the middle of Hornton Street in Kensington, west London, which had parked cars on either side, on August 26, but stopped after being honked at by the driver of a black Vauxhall Corsa behind him.

In the video clip, Pearson can be heard swearing at Vine, who tries to explain why he was riding down the centre of the narrow street, before she kicks and pushes the cyclist and his bike.

Pearson, of Vauxhall, south London, was convicted on February 1 of driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving without reasonable consideration for other road users and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

At that hearing, single mother Pearson, who has a number of previous convictions and was subject to a suspended sentence when the latest offence was committed, was warned she may face prison.

The appeal will be heard by a judge at Isleworth Crown Court, in west London, on Tuesday.