Jail for man who drove car at estranged wife

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A drunken man who hit his wife with his car when she tried to stop him driving has been jailed for 18 months.

Billy Joe Smith, 26, sent Kimberly Smith flying onto the bonnet of his VW Passatt before she fell to the ground at the Chimney Corner caravan site, in Kempston Hardwick.

The incident happened after Smith arrived at the site, at 9.30am on April 18 this year, slurring his words, Luton crown court heard.

His estranged wife saw he had a bottle of vodka, Strongbow cider and two cans of Budweiser in his car. As she tied to stop him driving off, he said : “I am going to show you what I am going to do.”

Prosecutor Daniel Siong told the court: “He reversed the car back and then went forward into her. She went onto the bonnet and fell off.”

Mrs Smith suffered bruising to her legs. The police were called and Smith was arrested nine hours later.

Mr Siong said Billy Joe Smith and Kimberley Smith had been together for eight years and had three children. She ended the relationship, but he continued to follow her around.

Smith, of Little Pitch Bush, Hereford Road, Ledbury, Herefordshire, pleaded guilty to causing Kimberley Smith actual bodily harm. He had been released on licence from a 12 month sentence imposed by magistrates at the time.

Defending, Harry Bowyer said the offence took place at the end of their relationship. He said Smith was remorseful and the assault had not been premeditated. He now had a new partner, he said.

On Monday, August 24, The Recorder of Luton, Judge Richard Foster told him: “The aggravation is not the injury caused, it is what might have happened.

“It is good fortune you are not here on a more serious charge.”

The judge also banned Smith from driving for 18 months and made a restraining order banning him from contacting Kimberley Smith directly or indirectly.