Driver ‘attempted to murder’ ex-girlfriend by running her over THREE times

A driver who ran over his ex-partner three times has claimed in court that he didn’t intend to kill her.

Zack Coleman, 26, flew into a moment of uncontrolled rage after a row with the 23-year-old mother of his young son before she got on a bus.

He then drove to Sturdee Green, Sturdee Road, Eyres Monsell, where she got of the bus and he drove his Ford Kuga onto the grass and ran her down.

Eyewitnesses watched as she went under the wheels. She was left unable to move as Coleman did a three point turn and she heard the vehicle approach before he ran her over a second time.

Coleman then ran her over a third time, leaving her with two collapsed lungs, internal bleeding, a lacerated spleen, a dislocated hip and shoulder, 13 broken ribs, a fractured arm and damage to her kidneys and pancreas.

He then drove away and then sent a text to his mum, saying he had ‘killed his ex-girlfriend.

His mother called the police. However, his victim had already identified him to officers at the scene and survived her injuries after three operations.

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Coleman was later arrested and charged with her attempted murder.

But he has now denied the charge at Leicester Crown Court, saying he only intended to cause her serious harm, rather than end her life.

Giving evidence, he said: “It was a moment of rage, of madness, I couldn’t control myself.

“It was like I had another person inside me.

“It’s the biggest regret of my life, I’ll never be able to forgive myself.”

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Coleman had a relationship with his victim for about seven months from the summer of 2017. They split up in 2018 and she later gave birth to their son.

The court heard Coleman, of Auburn Road, Blaby, had threatened his ex after they split up and smashed her windows.

She took out a restraining order against him, but James Varley, prosecuting, said they also had a dispute over how their child suffered two arm fractures, which left Coleman “upset and distraught” and he blamed her for that.

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Coleman then saw his former partner walking along Aylestone Road in Leicester at just after 11am on Tuesday December 3, 2019.

He pulled up in his car and she told him to leave her alone.

He allegedly shouted “you watch” before she got on a bus heading for Sturdee Road – where he was waiting for her by the time she arrived.

Mr Varley said the defendant was “shouting angrily” when she got off the bus and, in fear, she walked onto the grassed area thinking she would be safe.

The prosecutor added: “He decided to carry out his threat to run her over and drove onto the green, accelerating onto the grass.

“He hit her square in the middle of his bonnet and ran over her.

“She went under the wheels of his car leaving her prone on the grass.

“He reversed back onto the green, doing a three-point turn, and went back over her.

“She could hear the car coming but couldn’t move and he ran over her again a third time.

“He was fully in control of his car.

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Speaking about Coleman’s text to his mum saying he had “killed” his ex-girlfriend, Mr Varley said: “That’s what he thought he’d done, no doubt if he thought he hadn’t he’d have gone over her a fourth time.”

In a statement read out by the prosecutor, the victim said: “When I ended the relationship with Zack he would threaten to run me over with his car.

“I was scared that he’d carry out this threat so I took out a restraining order for him not to contact me (in November 2018).

“She said when she got off the bus in Sturdee Road on the day of the incident she was “scared” and walked onto the green.

She added: “The next thing I remember is Zack driving his car at me.

“I didn’t have time to think or move, it happened out of the blue and I wasn’t expecting it.

“Zack came at me very fast, he was deliberately driving towards me whilst I was stood on the green.

“I think my body went into shock.

“I was laying on the floor, I was trying to get up, but I couldn’t because I was in too much pain.

“I remember lifting a little bit of my head but I wasn’t able to lift my whole body.

“The next thing is the sound of the vehicle driving towards me again, I was really scared.

“I believed Zack was going to kill me.

“I could hear the sound of the vehicle’s engine coming closer but I was helpless, I couldn’t move.

“I then felt the vehicle driving over me … straight across my body.

“I was on the floor thinking I was going to die.

“I was struggling to breathe and could feel pain, going in and out of consciousness.

“I didn’t think I’d survive.

“The next thing I remember is the paramedics attending to my injuries, I don’t remember anything else.”

The victim told the court she has no recollection of the defendant’s vehicle driving over her a third time.

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Coleman’s damaged Ford Kuga was found near his flat in Blaby and he allegedly asked his arresting officer: “Is she dead?

“Am I going to prison?”

On the way to the police station, Coleman allegedly said: “She makes my blood boil” but gave a no comment interview, on the advice of his solicitor.

Giving evidence in his defence, Coleman said he was autistic and went to a special school, before becoming a refuse collector.

He then had an accident a work accident, when a bin lorry rang over his foot in April 2018, resulting in the amputation of one leg below the knee.

His mobility-scheme Ford Kuga was automatic, which Coleman described as a “big heavy car, with big wheels.”

He said he was frustrated and angry the child’s mother was no longer talking to him before the incident on On December 3, 2019.

He tried to speak to her on Aylestone Road at just after 11am, but she told him to go away – so he waited for her bus to arrive in Studee Road.

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He said: “I flipped out and ran her over.

“All I can remember is hitting the gas pedal.

“The bonnet hit her and she fell down.

“I don’t know what I was thinking … I didn’t want to kill her or anything, I thought it would cause serious bodily harm, a few broken bones … like the pain my little boy went through, I wanted her to feel the pain as well.”

He said he was doing less than 20mph and added: “If I’d wanted to kill her I’d have drove at about 40mph.

“I know what it’s like to be run over, it don’t necessarily mean you die.

“Deep down I still loved her as well, there’s never going to be a day I stop thinking about her or loving her, she’s my baby’s mum.

“I went round and done it (ran over her) again.”

His barrister, Derek Johashen said: “Why?”

Coleman said: “I wanted to cause her serious harm, it was a moment of rage, of madness.

“I can’t remember driving over her a third time … I admit I probably did … I don’t know.

“I didn’t know if she was dead or alive.

“She wasn’t moving, it didn’t look good.

“I thought the worst.”

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Under cross-examination, the defendant said: “I was accelerating on the grass but I couldn’t get enough speed.”

Mr Varley said: “You were accelerating as fast as you could?”

Coleman replied: “Yeah, the wheels were spinning.

“I don’t know what I was thinking … I couldn’t control myself.

He told the jury: “Deep down I’m a good person … it’s not in my character.

“Had it not been for witnesses I’d have stopped and called an ambulance and the police and told them what I’d done.

“I’m not proud of what I’ve done.”

Mr Varley said: “The truth is, Mr Coleman, you did your best to kill her, you were angry and frustrated?”

Coleman said: “I didn’t want to kill her.

“All I can say is that I’m sorry for my crime and to show remorse.”

PC Russell Davies, serious collision investigator, explained diagrams of the scene to the jury, showing three separate track marks across the green.

He said the defendant’s car had a telematics black box recording how the vehicle was driven.

The vehicle mounted went onto the green seven metres from the point of impact.

The whole incident took less than a minute with the first track across the green being driven at up to 14mph, the second at up to 11.6mph and the third track at up to 16.5mph.

Fibres from the alleged victim’s clothes were found under the Ford Kuga, that also had a damaged bonnet.

The trial continues.

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