Northampton mum sentenced for dangerous driving after knocking woman over at retail park

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A mother-of-two who knocked over a woman in Sixfields Retail Park in Northampton, having first reversed into a parked car, has been banned from driving.

Sharrell Griffiths, 26, of Henry Bird Way, Northampton, pleaded guilty at Northampton Crown Court yesterday to charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report an accident.

She was given a 12–month community order and was disqualified from driving for 12 months – though she will have to re-take her driving test if she is to own a licence again.

The charges related to an incident which took place on July 19 last year.

Prosecuting, Jenna Allen said Griffiths had been out shopping on that day with her newborn child and on leaving the public car park in a courtesy car, reversed into another parked vehicle.

A man was sat in that vehicle and Griffiths offered him her mobile number by way of exchanging details as she did not want to take the matter through her insurance company.

However the owner of the damaged car was ‘not happy with this’, Miss Allen said.

After a brief exchange of words Griffiths tried to leave in her car - but the man’s wife stood in front of her vehicle as she tried to drive away.

Miss Allen said: “(The woman) stood in front of the vehicle - but the defendant continued to mover her vehicle forwards.

Witnesses said she ‘kangarooed the car’ forwards slowly and it knocked the woman to the floor.

“The defendant did drive off but later called police to tell them what happened.”

Defending for Griffiths, James McLernon said the driving disqualification could cause her to lose her job as she travelled to work at Brackmills.

“This is not a woman who displays a pattern of this sort of thinking,” he said. “This is really just a one-off.”

However recorder Oscar Del Fabbro, said: “This wasn’t just a moment of madness it was a dangerous moment - if you had hit that woman harder you could have been facing entirely different consequences.”

Griffiths was also ordered to pay costs of £580.