A Sheffield mum prevented her son from being beaten up – by running over his would-be attacker in her car.
Judge Mark Gargan told Sheffield Crown Court the actions of Amanda Welton-Carr had prevented her son Luke Robson being ‘caught and beaten’ by a jealous criminal.
The only reason this man wasn’t caught and beaten was Amanda Welton-Carr managed to get her car between you and Mr Robson.Judge Gargan
Micah Thompson was out on licence from prison when he chased Mr Robson, his ex-partner’s new boyfriend, down the street.
But the court heard the attack was prevented after Thompson was hit by a vehicle driven by Ms Welton-Carr, knocking him to the ground.
Thompson had been jailed for 44 months for two counts of affray in November 2013 after being involved in gang attacks on people owing drug debts.
But he was released in June 2014 and in October last year made threats towards Mr Robson.
Thompson, aged 27, of Keepers Close, Firth Park, admitted affray at Sheffield Crown Court.
He was sentenced to a year in prison, concurrent to his ongoing sentence, which is running until September 2016 after he was recalled to jail after his arrest in October.
Thompson, who has a child with his former partner, had seen her with Mr Robson on Raisen Hall Road, Longley, Sheffield, on October 14 and demanded to know who he was.
He sent Mr Robson threatening Facebook messages that evening and the following morning attempted to attack him as he left his girlfriend’s house to be picked up by his mother.
Judge Gargan told Thompson: “I accept you had a genuine concern about the welfare of your daughter and that caused you to want to speak to your former partner.
“But it is quite plain when you saw her with a new man, you lost all sense of proportion and lost your temper.
“It is no coincidence you were present when this man came out and you chased him down the street.
“The only reason this man wasn’t caught and beaten was Amanda Welton-Carr managed to get her car between you and Mr Robson.”
Thompson was also given a restraining order preventing him approaching Mr Robson and other family members after he made threatening references to knowing where they lived. The order will run until October 2019.
Thompson was previously jailed in relation to two attacks in the Halfway area.
The first incident, on New Year’s Eve 2012, involved Thompson, Stuart Hirst and Raymond Swindells forcing their way into the home of someone who owed them money due to a drug debt.
Swindells assaulted a man, while Hirst threatened the residents with a gun.
About four hours later, the trio went to a house in Westfield, with Swindells armed with a knife and Hirst a shotgun, to find a relative of the occupants, who also owed them money for a drugs debt.
In a third incident on the same night not involving Thompson, Hirst shot an 18-year-old man at a party in Halfway, with Swindells stabbing another man.
Hirst, of Algar Drive, Arbourthorne, was sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of assault and three counts of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Swindells, of Shortbrook Drive, Westfield, admitted two counts of assault, one count of possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and one count of affray and was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison.
A fourth man, Adam Harris, of Challoner Green, Westfield, was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to a count of affray in relation to the third incident.