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Danger driver spared jail after incident at antiques shop
7:00pm Sunday 1st July 2012 in Keighley
A woman who “very nearly killed” an antiques shop owner who clung to the bonnet of her car as he tried to stop her driving off has been given a suspended jail sentence.
Mandy McGuigan was also banned from driving when she appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Friday after she admitted dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm to Simon Webster on June 22 last year.
The court heard that staff at Heathcote Antiques in Skipton Road, Cross Hills, had suspected she had been drinking after she tried to sell them a picture. After she left, she reversed her car into the shop front.
Prosecutor Abigail Langford said Mr Webster stood in front of the car but McGuigan, 42, drove off on the wrong side of the road, as he lay spreadeagled on the bonnet.
When Mr Webster came off the bonnet he suffered a broken shoulder.
Judge Durham Hall described the case as “highly unusual”.
McGuigan, of Tennyson Road, Colne, was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years, with supervision for two years. She must complete 300 hours of unpaid work, abide by a curfew for six months and was disqualified from driving for two years. She must pay compensation of £750 to Mr Webster.
Rachel Cooper, for McGuigan, told the court her client needs medical help for a mental health condition.