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Mum hit toy shop assistant with a car and carried him 50ft after slashing two children’s scooters – but tells court she is ‘totally ashamed and remorseful’

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 1, 2022

A mother-of-two rammed a salesman with her car and carried him over the bonnet for 50ft before flipping him over after snatching two children’s scooters at a toy store.

Barbara Young, 25, drove her Fiat 500 through West One Retail Park in Eccles and then entered the Smyths store with her sister and son. The women picked up two of the electric scooters worth £130, along with a lifetime bag full of items and made their way to the checkout.

Young, from Bolton, walked out of the store with the scooters and put them in the boot of her car, while her sister was stopped by the store worker when he realized the bag had not been paid for .

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The woman apologized and handed her the bag for life. It wasn’t until he returned to the checkout that he noticed the deal had been reversed in relation to the scooters, Manchester Crown Court heard.

“He followed her to the parking lot and saw the defendant in the driver’s seat, and saw a man and a child in the front seat,” prosecutor Juliet Berry told the court.

Barbara Young

“The second woman explained to the accused that they had to get the scooter out of the trunk, to which she said the trunk would not open. At this point the store clerk became suspicious and took a picture license plate and said he was going to call the police.

Young’s sister then jumped into the car as Young drove him. CCTV footage showed the man clinging to the bonnet as she drove away, shortly before he collapsed to the ground. She then rolled to her feet as she tried to escape.

As he clung on, he hit the windshield with his phone, causing it to crack.

An hour later, the car was found abandoned, along with one of the unicorn scooters and another lifetime bag. The clerk’s phone was found on the edge of the windshield.

Following a police and DVLA check of the car, Young was found to be the registered keeper, but the vehicle itself was on false plates and she was uninsured.

The man suffered numerous injuries, including abrasions to his sternum, back, elbow and joints.

In a victim’s personal statement, he said the impact on him physically and mentally was “difficult to put into words”. Five months after the incident, he still has no diagnosis although he is still in pain.

“I have to keep going – I keep living in this cycle of pain and torment,” he said.

Young reportedly had seven previous convictions for 19 offenses, including shoplifting, driving without care and attention and driving without insurance.

Jane Dagnall, defending, said the car had been a gift from her family, but did not know it had been stolen. She said she didn’t know the car was on fake plates after she was arrested.

“Her instruction is that it was not something she wanted to do. There was very little thought,” Ms. Dagnall said. “She has been in pre-trial detention for two months. The ringing of the prison doors affected her. It hit home what it’s like to lose your freedom.

“She is a young woman, she is a mother of two children and she is totally ashamed and remorseful.”

Jailing Young, of Crompton Lodge Caravan Park, Hall Lane, for 22 months, recorder Paul Reid QC said: ‘You got into a car you weren’t allowed to drive. You had your child with you.

“It’s perfectly clear that he was standing right in front of your car. You couldn’t avoid seeing it. You chose to leave with him in front of you, it wasn’t just a nudge, you hit him with such force that he was thrown onto the hood of the car and snagged.

“You must have known you ran over it, but you didn’t stop to see if it was okay, you just wanted to run away.” It’s a miracle he wasn’t more seriously injured.

Along with his prison sentence, Young, who pleaded guilty to theft; assault causing actual bodily harm and dangerous driving; as well as driving without insurance; no permit; and not stopping after an accident; was prohibited from driving for two years and nine months and was subject to a driving prohibition for seven years.

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