A DRUNKEN man who deliberately crashed his car into a tree leaving his ex-girlfriend with serious injuries has been jailed for ten years.
Liam Elsom (25) of Wagon Road, Greasbrough, was sentenced today (Monday) at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting at an earlier hearing to assaulting Chloe Wilson with intent to cause her serious harm, dangerous driving and assault.
The court heard how in the early hours of January 19 this year, Elsom assaulted a male friend of his ex-girlfriend in Sheffield. He then coerced Ms Wilson in to accepting a lift home.
After realising he was drunk, Ms Wilson repeatedly asked to be let out of the car. Elsom refused and his anger escalated when Ms Wilson refused to give their relationship another chance.
Travelling along Droppingwell Road, he then sped up the car and deliberately crashed it in to a tree.
Ms Wilson was seriously injured and her rehabilitation is expected to go on for some time. Elsom suffered minor injuries.
Elsom was jailed for ten years for the section 18 assault. He was also sentenced to two months for common assault and 18 months for dangerous driving, which will run concurrently. He was also banned from driving for five years upon his release from prison.
Investigating officer Joanne Dixon said: “I am satisfied with the sentence handed to Elsom today. His impulsive actions that night have had far-reaching consequences and have resulted in a long recovery period for the victim.
“Domestic abuse and violence will not and should be tolerated. I hope now that Chloe can find some closure and concentrate on her recovery.”
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