An Indian-origin woman was so “consumed” by jealousy that she used her car “as a weapon” to run over her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend, according to reports.
Nottingham Crown Court heard how 28-year-old Sonita Claire, an aspiring actress, mounted the pavement on a busy street in Derby, smashing into Kevin O’Neill and Mary Jane Kimble.
The couple were thrown onto the roof of Claire’s Ford Fiesta before falling to the road 40 yards from where they were struck.
Mr O’Neill – the father of Sonita’s young son – suffered a fracture to his neck and while Ms Kimble sustained multiple cuts and bruises. Both victims also suffered broken collar bones.
On Wednesday Judge Michael Stokes QC sentenced Claire to seven years in prison, saying: “Heaven has no rage like love turned to hatred, nor hell a woman like a woman scorned.”
The judge said that Claire ‘couldn’t cope’ with the fact her ex-partner ‘preferred another woman’, and that her actions had been brought on by ‘obsession and jealousy’.
The court heard that the trio had been caught in a “love triangle”.
Prosecutor David Allan said Mr O’Neill and Miss Kimble were going out together in 2004 when he had a short ‘fling’ with Claire.
A year later he split from Miss Kimble and re-kindled his relationship with Claire – who gave birth to his son in 2006.
But their relationship broke down last year, and Mr O’Neill and Miss Kimble got back together.
Mr Allan said that in the days before the offence Claire had confronted her former lover and hit him with an umbrella. She also contacted Miss Kimble and threatened to run her over.
Claire’s defence attorney Stuart Newsam said his client had been “vulnerable by emotional strain”. An earlier, more serious, charge of manslaughter was dropped against Claire in favour of the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.