A jealous boyfriend who deliberately ploughed into a love rival with his Mercedes motor has been jailed for three and a half years.
Ryan Lablache was thrown onto the bonnet of the £20,000 car during the terrifying confrontation with Paul Summerly, who appeared to be “possessed” while behind the wheel.
The defendant turned his car around and looked at the victim with a look of anger and hate, as if possessed.Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecuting
Newcastle Crown Court heard there had been a bitter five-year feud between the two men because the victim had been in a previous relationship with Summerly’s girlfriend.
On January 26, Summerly, 40, turned up outside Mr Lablache’s South Shields home, where he lived with his parents, in the early hours of the morning and demanded he come outside.
The court heard Summerly rammed two of the family cars which were parked outside and caused hundreds of pounds of damage.
Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court: “The victim’s account is that the defendant turned his car around and looked at the victim with a look of anger and hate, as if possessed, on another level.
“The defendant revved his car engine and accelerated and drove towards the victim. The victim said it was about 15mph.”
The court heard Mr Lablache was thrown onto the car bonnet, which caused the windscreen to shatter, before he landed on the road, where he hit his head and blacked out.
Miss Smurthwaite added: “His father said he was absolutely devastated when he saw what happened.
“At first he thought his son had been killed. His heart sank to his feet. He felt terrified and rushed over to his son.”
The court heard that after the horror smash, Summerly drove to Boldon with the broken windscreen.
He refused to give a specimen after his arrest, but is believed to have been drunk when he got behind the wheel.
Mr Lablache suffered was left scratched and bruised and faces physiotherapy for the back pain he has been left with.
The Lablache family say their lives have been made a misery by the long-term feud and want an end to the constant misery.
The court heard there had been Facebook threats in the weeks before the attack.
Summerly, of Donside Close, Boldon, admitted attempting to cause grievious bodily harm, two charges of damaging property and failing to provide a specimen.
Mr Recorder Nicholas Barker told him: “There existed a festering resentment within you towards the complainant, a resentment that existed for many years.
“I am told it was brought about as a result of his earlier relationship with your partner.
“You were intent on confrontation that night, there can be no other explanation for the reason you went there.
“You were intent on confronting him and engaging him in violence.”
The judge ordered Summerly to stay away from Mr Lablache and his parents under the terms of a 10-year restraining order.
He was ordered to pay a total of £2,000 compensation and banned from the roads for three years.
He must also take an extended test before he gets back behind the wheel.
Gavin Doig, defending, said Mr Lablache had thrown a plant pot or vase at Summerly’s car during the confrontation.
Mr Doig added: “Obviously there is a significant background here, there has been wrongdoing on both sides.
“With regards to this incident, no blame attaches to Mr Lablache.”
Mr Doig handed in a stack of references to Summerly’s character and said he is usually a hard-working family man.
He added: “He should never have behaved in that way.”