Aspiring actress jailed for 'mowing down' ex-boyfriend in jealous attack


Sonita Claire, an aspiring young actress from Derby, has been jailed for seven years after she deliberately ran over her ex-boyfriend and his new partner in a bitter revenge attack.

Nottingham Crown Court heard how Claire mounted a pavement at 30mph in her Ford Fiesta before ploughing into ex-boyfriend Kevin O'Neill and his new partner Mary Jane Kimble.

The impact was so forceful, it threw Mr O'Neill and Miss Kimble onto the roof of the car, before they both landed almost 40 yards from where they were struck.

Reports said that the lovers were both knocked unconscious and left 'in a pool of blood', while Mr O'Neill, 38, suffered a broken neck, fractured vertebrae and a broken collarbone, and 33-year-old Miss Kimble sustained multiple cuts to her head and face and a broken collarbone.

Judge Michael Stokes QC, sentencing, quoted William Congreve's 'The Mourning Bride' when passing judgement, saying: "Heaven has no rage like love turned to hatred, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."

"You had no control over whether they lived or died," he added.

"This is a very unusual, if not bizarre, case. You were driven by a combination of jealousy and revenge."

The court also heard that Mr O'Neill had a short fling with the defendant while he was dating Miss Kimble and subsequently left his partner to pursue a relationship with Claire.

Claire gave birth to their child in 2006 but their relationship broke down and Mr O'Neill and Miss Kimble got back together.

David Allan, prosecuting, said that in the days leading up to the offence, Claire had confronted her former partner and hit him with an umbrella. She also threatened to run over Miss Kimble.

Claire was jailed and banned from driving for seven years.