Woman mounted pavement and drove car into rival in Leeds street moments after confrontation over ex-boyfriend

A court was shown shocking CCTV footage of the moment a woman deliberately drove her car onto a pavement before mowing down a mum-of-two after a row over a man.

Friday, 10th July 2020, 6:00 am

Bonny McGuire was sent to prison for more than three years over the attack which was captured on security cameras outside an off-licence in Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court was shown the recording of McGuire driving her Vauxhall Corsa into the back of the victim as she spoke on her mobile phone.

The young woman was thrown onto the bonnet and carried on the windscreen of the vehicle before being thrown off into the road where she lay unconscious.

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Bonny McGuire used car as a weapon to run down woman in Leeds street.

McGuire was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the incident on November 22 last year.

Prosecutor Christopher Smith told the court: "It is through nothing more than remarkable good luck that the victim of this offending was not seriously injured."

McGuire carried out the attack after being confronted by three women as she sat in her car outside the store on Foundry Approach, Harehills.

Mr Smith said one of the women was angry with McGuire as she believed the defendant had started a relationship with her ex-boyfriend.

McGuire pulled out a penknife during the course of the argument before driving away.

She then did a U-turn in the road and drove back to where the women were.

McGuire mounted the pavement at 20mph and two of the women jumped out of the way.

The victim was unaware of what was happening as she was talking on her phone and had her back to the car.

She was thrown into the air and carried along the street before landing unconscious in the road.

The court heard she did not suffer serious physical injuries but the incident caused psychological trauma.

Mr Smith said the woman had nightmares, anxiety and depression following the incident and now feels frightened when crossing the road.

McGuire denied being the driver of the car when she was arrested.

She eventually pleaded guilty to an offence of attempting to cause serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 24-year-old also pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm over a separate incident in which she attacked a woman with a knife during a prearranged fight.

McGuire took out the weapon during the fight and used it to inflict slash wounds to her face and head.

Mr Smith said the victim of that attack had been McGuire's friend but they fell out.

They met up to a fight on Normanton Place, Beeston, after McGuire sent the woman threats on Facebook.

Keith Harrison, mitigating, said McGuire suffered from significant mental health difficulties and is receiving in custody.

Mr Harrison said: "The production of the penknife by this defendant in the car was in response to her fear that she maybe assaulted by these three women.

"But it is unacceptable that she drove off and back.

"She is very lucky that the injuries are so slight."

McGuire, also known as Yvonne Sanderson, appeared in court via a video link from New Hall women's prison, near Wakefield.

She was given a sentence of 38 months and was banned from driving for 49 months.

Judge Tom Bayliss QC said: "You knew perfectly well what you had done.

"There was every possibility that you had caused her very serious injury indeed but you left her there in the road.

"It is quite remarkable that she did not receive serious injuries.

"You are remorseful but that remorse has been a long time coming.

"You were arrested and denied being the driver and the case was set down for trial

The judge added: "This was as bad as it gets - deliberately driving at someone on a pavement using a car as a weapon."