Man drove off with ex-partner trapped under car

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Man drove off with ex-partner trapped under car

A Leicester man has appeared before a judge after driving off in a car while his ex-partner was trapped underneath.

Leicester Crown Court heard that 24-year-old Andrew Coleman dragged the unidentified woman around 15ft after she was pushed away from the car when she tried to retrieve her handbag.

The pair had argued immediately prior to the incident, over the care of the woman's baby son, who witnessed the shocking scene.

Prosecutor James Bide-Thomas explained to the court how Coleman had been left in charge of the 15-month-old boy, but had failed to properly care for it.

"She [the mother] returned to the sound of loud music playing and her son crying," he said.

"The defendant was lying drunk in bed. Some threats were made and she locked herself in her son's bedroom. The defendant threw paint outside the room and then got into a car."

It was then, while trying to get her handbag out of the car, the woman became entangled and dragged along with the car.

The woman escaped without serious injury, but the court heard how she had since suffered from low confidence and was scared to go out in public.

She is currently residing in a woman's refuge.

Despite being heard issuing threats to the woman before driving off, the prosecution concluded that there was no suggestion that Coleman had intentionally used the car to injure her.

When arrested shortly afterwards, he was found to be nearly twice over the legal drink drive limit.

Coleman pleaded guilty to drink-driving and criminal damage, and was found guilty of assaulting the woman.

He was sentenced to two six month sentences, both suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community service. In addition he was handed down a five-year restraining order and made to pay his victim £500 in compensation.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months.