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My youngest son (44 years old) was approaching a line of

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My youngest son (44 years old) was approaching a line of parked(on route where he lives) cars as he pulled out to overtake them at a very slow speed a woman driver came at a fast speed and nearly hit his car. She then stopped and hurled abuse at him. He reallocated with some advice that she should slow down,(this road suffers from this type of incident) She carried on slowly driving forward and copped his cars mirror. he called her a fat c--t and she kept coming forward driving her car into a wall scrapping her car very slightly.He jumped out to inspect his car (no damage was apparent). He still called her some abusive names and she drove off. She had another woman and a baby (no age was given for the child). Some time later she came back and took photos of his car (actully owned by his girlfriend). The police arrived that evening and told him the woman had mad a complaint about his behaviour. he was arrested and charged the next day when he went to the local police station.He was charged with: Use threatening/abusive/insulting words/behaviour to cause harassment/alarm/distress.Plus Assault by beating. He appeared at Basildon court and was given a trial date before the Magistrates Court on the 25/Oct/2016. When he appeared the woman and her driving companion put on a very emotional show, crying in the court. At the end of his trial he was found guilty and fined £100 pounds compensation + £200 pounds compensation to be paid to the woman + Court cost amounting to £365 pounds. The to everyones shock the courts magistrates gave him six weeks detention, Which he is serving in Chelmsford Prison at this moment.He has no previous convictions for these type of offences. His partner is suffering from breast cancer and she needs him to take her to and fro to have treatments as they make her sick. He also has acquired a new job after nine months unemployed. All though his new employer has indicated that his job will be kept open for him as the say he is a very skilled worker. We think the custodial sentence was harsh and never considered his full circumstances. What can we do to remedy this situation? I am his father making this enquiry. John Lawrence
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: UK Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

What are you like to know about this please?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
What can we do to get him out of prison as we think the sentence was harsh.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 10 months ago.

How did he come to be imprisoned if he had already been fined?

Or was the sentence six weeks detention with various costs orders?