Angry dad jailed over car attack

Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith.

A DAD caused horrific injuries to his wife’s new partner after driving over him in his car after the men had a fight.

David Oddey suffered a broken pelvis and other serious injuries to his lower body during the attack by Joseph Smith.

Smith went into a rage after being contacted by his daughter to say Mr Oddey had confiscated her mobile on October 30 last year.

Leeds Crown Court heard he went round to a house where Oddey was with Smith’s former partner, Lyndsey, and their children.

Smith, 35, accused Mr Oddey of bullying his daughter before the two men started fighting in front their children.

Louise Pryke, prosecuting, said Oddey bit Smith’s finger during the struggle. Smith then grabbed hold of Mr Oddey’s head and bit his nose.

Smith got back into his car with his daughter and reversed the car to leave the cul-de-sac but accidentally reversed over Mrs Smith’s foot.

Mr Oddey became angry again and banged on the bonnet of Smith’s vehicle.

Smith then revved the car loudly and drove at Mr Oddey, trapping him against a wall.

He then reversed and drove over Mr Oddey as he was laying on the ground.

Miss Pryke said Mr Oddey had to undergo a six hour operation to his pelvis.

He also suffered nerve damage and twisted ligaments to his right leg and a fractured knee.

He may require further surgery and it could be up to 12 months before the full extent of his injuries is known.

Smith, of Lisheen Avenue, Castleford, was arrested and initially claimed his foot had slipped off the accelerator during the confrontation.

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

David McGonigal, mitigating, said Smith had behaved out of character and was extremely emotional when police arrived at his home to arrest him.

He added that Smith, a Wakefield Council worker, had begun to suffer depression after his marriage broke down in 2013.

Mr McGonigal handed the court references written by friends, colleagues and neighbours describing as a caring and hard working man whose behaviour was out of character.

Smith was jailed for five years, seven months. He was banned from driving for three and a half years.

The Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “You effectively used you vehicle as a weapon which is unacceptable in any circumstances.”