A MAN has been sentenced to four months in prison for running over his ex-wife in Velez-Malaga in July 2008.
The Public Prosecutor was asking for eight and a half years in prison for attempted manslaughter, stating that the accused accelerated deliberately, attempting to kill his ex-wife.
He hit her and she was thrown several metres from where she was standing.
He had his son in the car with him at the time.
However, the court considered that he was driving too fast and was tired due to his demanding work schedule in previous days, and when he went to answer his mobile phone, he lost control of the vehicle and just happened to run into his ex-wife, who was also on the phone and had just got out of her car which was occupying part of the right lane.
Although he braked, he was unable to regain control of the vehicle, which had deficient brakes and steering. The woman sustained head trauma and a broken leg. She remained in hospital for seven days.
Although the court admits that the man had taken drugs and carried out an illegal manoeuvre, there is no evidence that he attempted to kill her, especially as the couple maintained an excellent relationship.
He also left his son with witnesses so he could help the woman, and she said herself that she considered him innocent of the charges against him.
It was the police who suspected attempted manslaughter, due to a previous arrest for domestic abuse. He has been sentenced for severe negligence resulting in injury.
He is banned from driving for a year and his ex-wife can take civil action.
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By Jennifer Leighfield