Man who mowed down woman with car sentenced

|News, Violent crime

Kirk Starzyk was yesterday (17 January) sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court to 12 years in prison. A jury found him guilty of wounding with intent which left the victim with life-changing injuries she described as being ‘like a shark attack.’

On Saturday 1 September 2018, following a disagreement, Starzyk made a conscious decision to get into his car and pursue the female victim, who was on foot.

As she ran away, desperately attempting to avoid him, he mounted the pavement and crushed her against a wall. Without a second thought he simply reversed and made off, attempting to conceal his vehicle to avoid detection. 

CCTV picked up his number plate and he was arrested later that day.

Jeremy Evans from the CPS said: “This was a brutal crime. Starzyk used his vehicle as a weapon, crushing his victim against a wall and causing her extensive, horrific injuries.

“From the point of arrest Starzyk consistently attempted to minimise his actions and deny that what he had done was intentional; excuses that were rejected by the jury out of hand.

“The victim’s injuries are life-changing, and she has undergone extensive hospital treatment and skin grafts. More operations may well be required and she is likely to be on pain killers for the rest of her life. The defendant has shown no remorse.

“Starzyk’s 12-year sentence demonstrates the severity of the offence. Our thoughts remain with the victim and we wish her well in the months and years ahead.”

Notes to editors

  • Jeremy Evans is a Crown Advocate with CPS Yorkshire and Humberside

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