Man jailed for driving at wife whilst drunk - Kempston Hardwick


A drunken traveller, who drove at his wife when she tried to stop him driving, was jailed for 18 months today, Monday, 24 August 2015.

Billy Joe Smith, aged 26, sent Kimberly Smith onto the bonnet of his VW Passat before she fell to the ground at the Chimney Corner caravan site in Kempston Hardwick. When Smith arrived at 9.30 in the morning of 18 April this year he was slurring his words, Luton Crown Court heard.

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

Daniel Siong, prosecuting for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "He reversed the car back and then went forward into her. She went onto the bonnet and fell off." She suffered bruising to her legs. The police were called and Smith was arrested by the police 9 hours later.

Mr Siong said Billy Joe Smith and Kimberley Smith had been together for 8 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 (ABH). 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 he was remorseful and that the assault had not been premeditated. He now had a new partner, he said.

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 disqualified Smith from driving for 18 months and made a restraining order banning him from contacting Kimberley Smith directly or indirectly.

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