A BUILDING worker who ploughed into his former lover’s partner in a high-powered car avoided a custodial sentence.
Christopher David Palfreeman (28) of Davies Avenue, Sutton, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty to assault and driving without due care and attention.
The court was told how Palfreeman had tried to scare the man, but lost control of the Subaru Impreza and collided with him.
Palfreeman had been heading to get petrol on 1st April when he saw his ex-partner and stopped to talk to her in the Mason’s Arms car park on Unwin Road, Sutton.
Following an argument with her, he spotted her new partner with her brother across the road.
He drove out of the car park sped at him before slamming on his breaks.
However, the tyres failed to grip the grass verge and locked up before he struck the man on his leg.
He suffered bruising to his knee.
After his arrest he admitted he had no intention of hitting the pedestrian, and simply wanted to scare him.
Defending, Sarah Neale, said he client had struggled to come to terms with the break-up with his relationship with his partner at Christmas.
They had been together for nine years and shared a mortgage, but he had been frustrated by what he said was a lack of explanation after she left him.
A report prepared by the probation service said Palfreeman admitted it was a ‘moment of madness’.
The magistratres said: “This is very serious, you could have ended up with a prison sentence.
“There was culpability and anger, and using a car as a weapon is a dangerous thing.”
Palfreeman was given nine penalty points, fined £220, told to pay £100 compensation, £85 costs, a £60 surcharge and ordered to carry out 130 hours of community service.