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Nelson man ran over pregnant girlfriend in his van
4:24pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A teenage driver ran over his pregnant girlfriend and left her lying in the road in front of horrified onlookers, a court was told.
Burnley magistrates heard how Shaun Ruane, 19, then shouted abuse at the injured victim and people trying to help her, punched his Ford Fiesta van and set off again.
Ruane could be facing a custodial term, after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm at Briercliffe, Burnley, and dangerous driving, on August 2.
The defendant, of Walton Lane, Nelson, was bailed until September 4, for a pre- sentence report and was given an interim driving ban.
He had no previous convictions. Charlotte Crane, prosecuting, said the offences passed the custody threshold. She told the court the defendant and victim had started a relationship in May and she was nine weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was unplanned and there had been discussions between the families but, the night before the incident, she had decided to keep the child.
They went out in his van and Ruane kept jerking the steering wheel as his victim repeatedly said: “Please stop, I’m pregnant.” They argued as they headed towards The Sun Inn, Briercliffe.
Miss Crane said the van stopped and the victim, who had had enough, intended to get out. A witness described how the victim was half out of the vehicle when it drove off. She landed on her knees, with her right leg stretched out. The prosecutor said: “The defendant then ran over her ankle and foot.”
Miss Crane said: “People came to her assistance. They were protesting and he came back. He then shouted abuse at her, shouted abuse at people standing by the roadside and punched his own van before driving off.”
Miss Crane said the victim was taken to hospital, but an impact statement had not yet been made.