A MOTORIST who mounted a pavement and ran into his ex-partner’s friend has been freed by merciful judges.
Glenn Paul Shore (30) who was angry after his ex burnt his clothes was able to go home to spend Christmas with the disabled brother he cares for.
Shore, of Redscope Crescent, Kimberworth, was jailed for six months at Sheffield Crown Court on November 23.
He admitted common assault and driving without due care and attention, Judge Mark Lucraft QC told London’s Appeal Court.
Shore’s relationship with Sara Swinbourne, which began in October 2015, had come to an end, the court heard.
In April, he told her he was going to collect his clothes from her home and she said she would burn them, which she did, said the judge.
Shore drove to her home but she did not answer the door so he parked by a junction in a nearby street.
When he saw her friend, Lea Shelton, walking down the street he mounted the pavement and collided with her.
There had been “tension” between Ms Shelton and Shore, added the judge.
She ended up on the bonnet of the car and was carried a short distance before falling to the ground.
Shore drove off and, fortunately, his victim was not seriously injured.
He had no previous convictions but had a reprimand for possessing a weapon in public and a caution for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
A probation officer’s report said he accepted his behaviour towards his former partner had been “controlling” and he “deeply regretted” his crimes.
Ms Hannah Walker, for Shore, argued his jail term was far too tough and should have been suspended, as recommended by the probation officer.
He should have received more credit for his personal mitigation, including being the carer for his severely disabled twin brother, the barrister argued.
Judge Lucraft said: “There were good reasons for marking this offending with a custodial sentence.
“But it could and should have been a little shorter in length and suspended.”
The judge, sitting with Lord Justice Irwin and Mr Justice Picken, quashed the six-month jail term and replaced it with a three-month suspended sentence.
The suspended sentence includes a rehabilitation requirement, and a 12-month driving ban remains in place.