Bristol pavement crash driver jailed for 12 years

The Robert Fitzharding pub on Cannon Street, Bedminster
Image caption The incident happened outside the Robert Fitzharding pub on Cannon Street

A drunken motorist who drove his car at a group of his friends following a row outside a Bristol pub has been jailed for 12 years.

Luke Julius, 25, from Bedminster, mounted a pavement and hit 26-year-old Beverley Cousins on 11 September 2011.

Bristol Crown Court heard she was so badly injured that she had her right leg amputated above the knee.

Julius admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving and drink-driving at an earlier hearing.

'Screaming with pain'

He also admitted assaulting another woman, Lisa-Marie Davies.

Prosecutor Kenneth Bell told the court: "Beverley Cousins [was] left badly injured and her legs were pouring with blood. She was in a great deal of pain - screaming with pain."

Recalling the incident, Miss Cousins told police that seconds before the impact Julius, of Lynton Road, had a "really angry look on his face".

Bristol Crown Court heard the incident happened after a row between Julius and one of his friends.

Following a long night of drinking between Julius, Nathan Ranklyn, his partner Miss Cousins and her friend Miss Davies, the group headed to a pub in Bedminster.

Shortly after 13:00 GMT, Miss Davies and Julius exchanged words on the pavement outside the Robert Fitzharding pub on Cannon Street.

Julius threw his pint over Miss Davies and then punched her in the face.

Mr Ranklyn intervened and hit Julius - his friend of 15 years - before pushing him away from the rest of the group.

Abandoned car

After leaving the pub, Julius returned a few minutes later in his Peugeot 206 and mounted the pavement, driving straight at his friends.

Mr Ranklyn and Miss Davies moved out of the way, but Miss Cousins was hit by the car and pushed into a wall.

Julius then sped off and abandoned his car in a nearby street. He was arrested a short time later by police.

The court also heard that Julius had previous convictions for violence, including being sent to a young offenders' institution for 30 months for carrying out a knife point robbery.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, jailed Julius for 12 years and made him subject of an extended five year period on licence when he is released.

Julius was banned from driving for 10 years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

The judge also ordered that his Peugeot 206, which had been seized by the police, be sold and the proceeds given to Miss Cousins by way of compensation.

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