Woman ran over man outside Shirebrook Working Men's Club and fled because he 'threw a pint glass at her car'

A Shirebrook woman who ran over a man in the car park of a working men’s club told a court she drove off because the victim got up and threw a pint glass at her car.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 12:30 pm

Aimee Leigh Stewart was involved in the incident outside the Shirebrook Working Men’s Club, in Carter Lane on January 1 this year, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Monday, September 28.

CCTV footage showed to the court saw the Vauxhall Corsa strike the man, who was standing with two other males, from the rear, sending the victim sprawling to the floor.

But as the vehicle sped off, the victim clambered to his feet and hurled the pint glass he had been drinking from at the car.

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Aimee Stewart appeared before Chesterfield Magistrates' Court.

Stewart, 21, went to see the victim the following day but did not report the accident to the police within 24 hours, as required by law.

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Prosecuting, Lynn Bickley said: “It was about 8.30pm in the evening and the victim was standing in the carpark having a cigarette when the defendant drove into him, knocking him over the bonnet.”

Stewart had pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving and driving without insurance at an earlier hearing on August 24, and the case was adjourned for Probation Service reports.

The court also heard that since the incident, Stewart had been banned from driving after she was caught drunk behind the wheel in March.

Mitigating, Kirsty Sargent said: “The reason she didn’t stop was because of the pint of beer being thrown at her car. She knows the complainant and she feared that if she had stopped he would have been aggressive.”

Sentencing, District Judge Andrew Davison said he believed that Stewart had been drunk when the collision occurred and had not visited the victim for 24 hours in order to avoid a driving ban.

He said: “The following day you went to his address, so you couldn’t have been that afraid of him.”

He gave the hairdresser, who has now moved to North Lincolnshire and lives in Cromwell Road, Cleethorpes, 200 hours of unpaid work and disqualified her from driving for three years.

He also fined her £300 and ordered her to pay £85 in prosecution costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

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