Driver ran over man's foot at Gunwharf Quays before crashing through car park barrier, court told
A DRIVER who ran over a man's foot when he drove through a car park barrier is facing jail.
Liam Maughan admitted dangerous driving and damaging the barrier at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth on December 5 last year.
The 20-year-old, of Homerton Road, Hackney in London, denied shoplifting a coat, assault by beating and making off without payment of £2.90 for his parking.
But at Portsmouth Crown Court prosecutor James Kellam said Maughan should be sentenced on his pleas, and said the shoplifting would not make a difference to the sentence he receives.
Mr Kellam said: 'It's the crown's case that he drove over one of the person's foot... (after) he didn't pay for his parking.'
Judge Timothy Mousley QC adjourned the case to February 21 and imposed an interim driving disqualification – warning Maughan he faced an 'immediate custodial sentence'.
But Maughan and his barrister later returned to court asking the judge to postpone the ban for a few days.
Maughan, the court heard, was the only person in his family who could drive and needed to prepare a venue in Chelmsford for his recently-deceased sister's memorial commemoration.
Rejecting the bid, judge Mousley said: ‘I'm not persuaded this is an appropriate case... The disqualification will start from today.’