School run mum who ‘used 4×4 to nudge Insulate Britain protester’ denies assault

Sherrilyn Speid faces a charge of dangerous driving and a second count of assault on activist Bethany Mogie , who was named in court today as the alleged victim

A school run mum who allegedly used her 4×4 to ‘nudge’ an Insulate Britain protester denied assault as she appeared in court.

Sherrilyn Speid appeared before magistrates in Basildon, Essex, this afternoon after the alleged incident was captured on camera near to the M25 in October.

The 34-year-old was filmed as she allegedly drove her £80,000 Range Rover into an Insulate Britain activist near to junction 31 of the motorway near Thurrock.

A video – filmed by another person at the protest – allegedly shows Speid driving her vehicle into the back of two protesters – described previously as a ‘nudge’.

The mum-of-one appeared in court room for a short hearing this afternoon.

She faces a charge of dangerous driving and a second count of assault on activist Bethany Mogie , who was named in court today as the alleged victim.

Speid, dressed all in black for her appearance, stood in the dock and spoke just to confirm her name, address and date of birth.

She then said “not guilty” as each of the two charges was put to her during a 10-minute hearing.

Rima Begum , prosecuting, told the court the alleged incident was captured in two minutes of video footage.

“The Crown’s case is that she drove her vehicle into protestors during an incident on October 13.

“It was captured on camera. The defendant is someone who is previously of good character.”

Speid, of Grays, Essex, was told her trial will be held at the same court.

She was granted unconditional bail ahead of the next hearing in March.

Speid, who was accompanied to court today by a friend, posed for waiting photographers as she left the building.

She previously said: “I think it’s disgusting that they were stopping working class people from getting to work and their kids to school and now they’re trying to prosecute a single mum.

“I could lose my whole livelihood. If I have a criminal record I won’t be able to work with children anymore. It’s really not fair. All I was trying to do was take my son to school and go to work.

“These Insulate Britain protesters are middle class. They say they care about people and the country – so why would they want a single mum to lose her licence and her job?

“There is no one supporting the working class people who are trying to make an honest living and are working hard.”