A 25-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years after deliberately crashing his car and seriously injuring his ex-girlfriend.
Liam Elsom of Wagon Road, Rotherham, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court today (Monday 17 June) for sentencing. Elsom had pleaded guilty to Section 18 assault with intent to cause serious harm, dangerous driving and assault at a previous hearing.
The court heard how in the early hours of 19 January, Elsom assaulted a male friend of his ex-girlfriend in Sheffield. He then coerced the victim, Chloe Wilson, in to accepting a lift home.
After realising he was drunk, Wilson repeatedly asked to be let out of the car. Elsom refused and his anger escalated when Wilson refused to give their relationship another chance. Travelling along Droppingwell Road, he then sped up the car and deliberately crashed it in to a tree.
Wilson was seriously injured in the incident and her rehabilitation is expected to go on for some time. Elsom suffered minor injuries.
Elsom was jailed for 10 years for the section 18 assault. He was also sentenced to two months for common assault and 18 months for dangerous driving, which will run concurrently. He was also banned from driving for five years on release from prison.
Investigating officer Joanne Dixon said: “I am satisfied with the sentence handed to Elsom today. His impulsive actions that night have had far-reaching consequences and have resulted in a long recovery period for the victim.”
“Domestic abuse and violence will not and should not be tolerated. I hope now that Chloe can find some closure and concentrate on her recovery.”