Ben Ashman: Man who ran over stepmother at wedding jailed

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Ben Ashman admitted five offences

A man who many times drove over his stepmother in a drunken rage at a marriage has been jailed for six years.

Ben Ashman, 37, went on a rampage in the car park at Bowburn Corridor, blueprint Durham, at the stay of his stepbrother Connor Ashman’s nuptials on 23 August.

His stepmother Kathryn Ashman suffered injuries in conjunction with a fractured face and broken ribs when she became trip over three events by his 4×4 Vauxhall.

He admitted five offences when he seemed at Newcastle Crown Court docket.

Judge Robert Adams talked about Mrs Ashman’s injuries had been “appalling” and the defendant, of Sunderland Road, Houghton-le-Spring, became “extraordinarily fortunate” she became no longer killed.

‘Splat all people’

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks talked about danger started appropriate after heart of the evening when Ashman’s “intoxicated and upset” girlfriend complained of the blueprint in which some other man became taking a scrutinize at her.

A fight broke out and spilled into the car park, rousing Mrs Ashman.

Clad in her dressing robe, she shouted at Ashman’s girlfriend, prompting him to contend with his stepmother on the bottom by her hair.

He shouted that he would break her and “splat all people right here”, the court heard.

The below the influence of alcohol couple then got of their car, however visitors tried to stay them using away.

One lady, Jodie Younger, had her arm shut in the door as she tried to accumulate the keys, whereas Ashman’s brother, Kyle, threw a immense rock at the windscreen, shattering it.

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Ben Ashman went on a rampage in the car park at Bowburn Corridor blueprint Durham

Ashman drove at meander all around the car park aiming at folk, in conjunction with Kyle, with whom he made minimal contact as he braked.

He then smashed into Ms Younger’s Nissan Juke, the court heard, which his brother had tried to cover in the assist of.

Ashman then careened into his stepmother, then reversed over her.

He pulled her along, then drove forward over her again.

The court heard he had no longer intended to hit her and had little visibility as a consequence of the shattered windscreen.

‘Out of persona’

Ashman fled southbound along the A1(M), stopping after seven miles as a consequence of the amount of wound to his car.

Lewis Kerr, defending, talked about his client became suffering “psychological health difficulties” at the time and is stuffed with “feel sorry about, sorrow and danger”.

Judge Adams talked about there became no indication of animosity between Ashman and his household sooner than the wedding and it became “surely out of persona”.

Ashman, who had before the whole lot been charged with tried break, admitted inflicting severe wound by unhealthy using, tried shameful bodily wound, unhealthy using, traditional assault and criminal wound.

He became additionally banned from using for five and a half of years.

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