A court heard that a mother crippled her boyfriend, a convicted rapist, in a hit-and-run incident after she found out that he was cheating on her. 31-year-old Linda Shaw ran into Barrington Sinclair after she saw him come out of a home that he shared with his long-term partner. Sinclair reportedly lay on the road in a severely injured state when Shaw screamed: "Look what you've made me do!"
The Manchester Evening News reported that Shaw fled the scene and left Sinclair there. It was reported that the woman met the convicted predator on the dating site Plenty Of Fish where he had used a false name.
During the span of their relationship, which lasted nine months, Shaw found out Sinclair's real name and then found out that he had previously served seven years behind bars for raping a woman in an alleyway after a New Year's Eve party. The young care worker then found out that her boyfriend was living with his long-time partner and their two children in a home in Droyslden. The home was less than five miles away from where Shaw stayed in Dukinfield.
On the day of the attack, Shaw drove up to Sinclair's house and waited for him to come out. After he did, she followed the 32-year-old man, who worked as a night porter at a market hall, in her car. The Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard that she mowed him down when he stopped in the street at 1:50 am and this fractured his leg.
The woman then "drove away and left him on the floor". A mother-of-one, Shaw has been spared a serious jail sentence after she admitted to the judge that she inflicted grievous bodily harm. She broke down as she walked away with a year behind bars and a suspension for two years. She has also been banned from ever contacting Sinclair.
The court also heard that Sinclair was taken to the hospital after the incident only days before Christmas in 2017. Since then, he has gone through seven operations on his leg because of all the complications and infections. The court was told that he lost his job and now walks with a limp.
Judge Bernard Lever told Shaw when he was sentencing her: "The complainant gave you a false name and didn't tell you he was in a relationship with another woman and had a couple of children by her. The relationship developed and he knew how sensitive and vulnerable you were — yet you were treated very badly by this man. You took it upon yourself to drive several miles and see if he emerged from this woman's house — and he did."
"You were very distressed and there was a conversation between you and him. Not deliberately or intentionally, but recklessly, you drove your motor car over his leg and caused a severe fracture. You drove away and left him on the floor."
The judge added: "I was going to send you immediately to prison but just by a whisker I am able to suspend this sentence because of the wholly exceptional circumstances. The facts of this case are wholly exceptional and there is wholly exceptional mitigation. I hope you can put these tragic circumstances behind you." The incident took place on December 15, 2017.