Hereford & Worcester

Malvern peer's daughter sentenced for church gate crash

Linda Granville outside Worcester Crown Court
Image caption Linda Granville claimed her brakes had failed

A peer's daughter has been given a suspended jail sentence after she jumped a red light and drove her car into church gates in Worcestershire.

The Honourable Linda Granville, 61, daughter of the late Lord Granville, of Malvern, was convicted of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

She narrowly avoided a pedestrian during the incident, the court heard.

The judge suspended her 10-month sentence for two years saying there had been no serious injuries.

Granville, of Bronsil Drive, was also ordered to complete 100 hours' community service and given a three-year driving ban.

Granville was convicted of two counts of dangerous driving and one of causing criminal damage to the gates of Great Malvern Priory, at a hearing in September.

'Self-obsessed'

A trial heard she had jumped the red light, smashed through the priory gates and hit two cars on 12 May 2009.

Judge Michael Cull said Granville drove in a way where she showed she did not care at all about others.

"You were, I find, totally self-obsessed.

"There was at least one woman carrying a small child who, on her evidence, was only a metre away from you."

She had told the court her Freelander vehicle had gone out of control through a brake failure.

But witnesses at the trial said her vehicle had been involved in accidents both before and after she was at the priory.

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