Jealous hit-and-run boyfriend jailed

Ashley Andrews
Ashley Andrews

A man who ran over his girlfriend in a fit of jealous rage has been jailed for two years.

Ashley Andrews attacked his victim as they drove along the Fosse Way in Leicestershire in April.

So scared was the woman that she leapt from the moving car, after Andrews had made death threats towards her.

Leicester Crown Court heard that he continued to try and hit the 26-year-old victim as she attempted to flee the car. Andrews grabbed her clothing as she jumped, forcing her to be dragged along the road for around 20 yards before he finally let go.

The woman suffered serious injuries, including bleeding on the brain, after one of the car's rear wheels ran over her head.

Andrews, 28 years old and of Hardwick Crescent, Syston, was jailed for two years and four months, and banned from driving for three years, after admitting dangerous driving and causing actual bodily harm. He also admitted his guilt to two earlier assault offences.

Passing sentence, Judge Philip Head told Andrews: "You're obviously consumed by ungovernable jealousy which, with drink, fuels your violence," the Leicester Mercury reports.

"You pose a long-term risk of danger to any female you're in a relationship with."

Unbelievably, Andrews' victim has since resumed their relationship.

The court heard that he had a previous history of driving offences and violence towards former girlfriends, and had previously been arrested for assaulting and threatening to kill his latest partner.

Matthew Smith, mitigating, said: "He understands he has issues to address and he's realistic about his fate.

"He knows he treated his girlfriend horribly. Part of his difficulty is his feeling of anxiety with relationships.

"His occasional drug misuse causes paranoia and his behaviour is worse after he's been drinking."