Man ran over by his own car

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A man has been jailed after trying to run somebody over in a car he had stolen from them just days before, a court has been told.

Colin Lyon was thrown into the air when he was hit by the bonnet of his own Peugeot car. He had been trying to speak to thief Shaun Doughty, who was behind the wheel at the time.

He was left ‘shocked and upset’ by the incident, in July, but was not seriously injured, Boston magistrates heard.

On Wednesday, Doughty, 27, admitted aggravated vehicle taking between July 22 and 27 and common assault. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of theft from Iceland, driving otherwise and in accordance with a licence, and damaging a car.

He had previously admitted handling stolen goods in an incident in July.

The bench was told that in the days after taking the car Doughty was seen stealing meat from Iceland in Boston’s Wide Bargate. He went to the shop on two occasions to steal items, using the car as a getaway vehicle on the second occasion. Prosecutor Marie Stace said he was seen to reverse into a wall while driving away, leaving the car damaged.

He does not own a driving licence, she said.

Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough told magistrates that Doughty, of Macauley Avenue, Lincoln, had problems with heroin, and had stolen the items from Iceland to sell for drug money. He described the thefts as ‘unsophisticated’.

Speaking about the assault, Mr Goldsborough added: “It’s accepted Mr Lyon must have been frightened and shocked by what happened. Mr Doughty said he drove off in order to not get caught.”

Magistrates said they had no option but to imprison the defendant. He was given a total of 34 weeks in prison, but will not pay costs or compensation.