Sunday 21 January 2018

'I’m glad the law caught up with him' - Teacher hit by car at school praises jail sentence

Shocking footage

A still from the shocking footage
A still from the shocking footage

Sean Nolan

A teacher who was deliberately run over by a parent as he tried to stop him accessing the teacher's car park has praised the jail term handed down in court.

Dramatic footage of Rainer Schoeman (22) hitting Gareth McCarthy (61) appeared online this week after Schoeman was jailed for 10 months.

McCarthy has now spoken to The Sun about the shocking incident that took place at the end of the school day at The Winston Churchill School, in Woking in the UK on February 20.

He tells the paper “I’m glad the law caught up with him. Every time I think about the incident, I get the sweats.

“I’m making myself do the same car park duty because I don’t want to let it beat me.

“I do worry but I’d rather face my demons than run away from it.”

Schoeman, of The Goldings, Woking, Surrey, was jailed for 10 months at Guildford Crown Court last week, having earlier pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and having no MOT.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: "A teacher was stood between the gate posts at the entrance to the car park and talked to Schoeman. The teacher then stood with his back to the car.

"Schoeman then accelerated towards the teacher causing him to be thrown over the bonnet. The VW he was driving continued into the car park and narrowly avoided two children on bikes.

"The teacher was thrown from the bonnet of the car as it continued to travel at speed through the car park."

Zoe Johnson-Walker, headteacher of The Winston Churchill School, said: "This was a shocking, extraordinary incident, which has had an impact on the teacher and the rest of my staff.

"It is regrettable that an individual has chosen to behave with such a blatant disregard for someone simply doing their job in trying to keep our students safe.

"The governors and I believe that this is a just outcome and sends a clear message about behaviour towards public servants."

PC Andrew Searle said: "Rainer Schoeman's actions on that day were absolutely disgraceful and could have had far worse consequences for the teacher, and other children who he narrowly missed.

"It is clearly no way to behave in front of children at a school firstly with their safety in mind, but also it sets an incredibly poor example.

"We all know that school car parking situations are a frustration for many parents around the country, however if you cross the line there is every chance you can go to prison as Rainer Schoeman has done."

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