Our thanks to Ian for this in the Sun. The end of the piece:
Today Lomas, of Stalybridge, Manchester, gave a double thumbs-up after she walked free from Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving and having no license or insurance.
Lomas, who was originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, was given a two-year jail term suspended for 18 months and was ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work.
She cannot apply for a driving licence for two years and must take an extended driving test.
The judge Miss Recorder Samantha Presland told her: “I am going to give you full credit for your guilty plea, however, this is an extremely serious incident and both of you were very lucky.
“It happened in a moment of madness and temper however there is no evidence in your past that this is a pattern of behaviour – so I say this is reckless stupidity.
“However, a car is a lethal weapon. I take note of the fact that you have been suffering for the past months waiting for this to happen and I do not think you are someone who is going to go out and commit a criminal offence.
“Three lives should not be ruined as a result of a reckless incident.” [My emphasis.]
The only life that should be ruined, clearly, is that of her ex-boyfriend. After the incident he was left fighting for his life with a punctured lung, fractures to the ribs, and ligament damage. He also suffered brain damage in the impact (at up to 40mph) and has been unable to work since.
There are a couple of photograph of Ms Lomas in the article, including one of her ‘double thumbs-up’. Does she look like a woman who’s been punished for her crime? No. What lesson has she learned? That she’s above the law.
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