‘Smirking’ mum claimed she ‘slipped’ after hitting ex-boyfriend with car
A mum claimed she “slipped” while putting her car into reverse before smashing into her ex-boyfriend.
Angela Runswick made the claim to a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.
The mum-of-three’s excuse was not accepted by them however, the Liverpool Echo reported.
The jury convicted her of dangerous driving after she left ex-boyfriend Christian Robinson seemingly unconcious on the road.
Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said her defence was “ridiculous”, calling it “the most obvious piece of dangerous driving”.
At around 9.10pm on December 19 last year a witness “heard a loud commotion outside” in Wallasey, the court heard.
The witness then saw the woman’s former partner, Mr Robinson, “in the street apparently unconscious”.
Runswick, 38, was behind the wheel of a car.
According to the witness she was “smirking” as she called her ex “a drama queen” and admitted hitting him with her the vehicle.
The judge said: “I’ve no doubt there was a considerable degree of provocation and that this was the last straw and she lost her temper.”
Stuart Mills, prosecuting, said that the prosecution accepted there was some provocation.
He said there was no evidence of physical injury aside from a “limp when (the victim) walked away”.
The court heard Runswick, of Reeds Avenue East, Leasowe, has no previous convictions.
Kyra Badman, defending, explained it was a “bad example of dangerous driving” and conceded that Runswick would not be entitled to credit for her guilty plea as she was convicted after a trial.
Ms Badman explained Runswick is the sole carer for her three children who are five, six and 15.
The court heard she shares two of the children with the victim but that he “isn’t an active part of their lives at all at the moment” and “doesn’t contribute financially”.
Ms Badman explained the mum is the manager for a betting shop and told the court the mandatory driving disqualification will have an impact
Judge Flewitt, sentencing, said: “What you did on the occasion of this dangerous driving was truly dangerous.
“Your explanation that you were trying to go into reverse and slipped into forward was ridiculous and rejected by a jury.”
Judge Flewitt accepted the offence was committed after “bad behaviour” by Mr Robinson.
The judge told Runswick he “had no reason to doubt that he was abusive” and “no reason to doubt he raised his hand to you”.
Judge Flewitt said: “You drove deliberately at him over a short distance and you struck him.
“It’s difficult for me to know whether he was truly unconscious or not – he was certainly put at risk of serious injury.
“He was able to limp away from the scene.
“He was clearly drunk and didn’t cooperate with these proceedings.”
Judge Flewitt explained he was handing Runwick a suspended sentence because she cares for three children.
Her sentence of nine months was suspended for 18 months.
Runswick must complete 20 Rehabilitation Activity Requirements.
She must also complete 180 hours of unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for 12 months.
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