Local News & Archive — June 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm — Updated: June 29, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Rhuddlan mum jailed for running down partner three times


A mother-of-two has been jailed for running over her partner three times on Christmas Eve – despite the victim forgiving her.

Starina Merrill admitted running down Carl Williams at her Rhuddlan home last December when he had taken her mobile phone in a row. Mr Williams said he forgave the 27 year-old beauty therapist when giving evidence at Mold Crown Court, but Judge Rhys Rowlands sentenced her to six months in prison and a two year driving ban.

Mr Williams said his ex-girlfriend was under immense strain following months of racial abuse and harassment by his former partner – both women had been previously convicted of assault.

The couple had broken up the night before, but Mr Williams visited her home on David Owen Court the next day to try and make up. He had taken a phone off Merrill on Christmas Eve to deal with more abuse, but she flew into a rage as he was leaving to get a bus back to Rhyl.

Prosecutors said Mr Williams was knocked down onto a cycle track, then ended up on the bonnet the second time and flew into the air horizontally on the third time. When police arrived at the scene, they found him covered in a blanket, complaining of hip pains and evidence of wheel spin and acceleration.

The defence said Merrill’s row had been continuing – she appeared in court with her arm in a sling after an attack in her garden last week, where someone called her a ‘grass’. The couple were planning to leave North Wales and start a new life elsewhere.

Sentencing Merrill, the judge described her actions as “the height of stupidity and extremely dangerous”. He added: “Your reaction was an extreme one to say the least.  You lost your temper, got into your car and drove after him…your reaction was an extraordinary one.”

Merrill was convicted on a dangerous driving charge – another charge of wounding with intent to cause GBH was dropped by prosecutors. Mr Williams called ”love you” to Merrill as she was led away from the court in tears to begin her sentence.

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