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Hull car attack Estelle Lashley's prison sentence cut

Estelle Lashley Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption Estelle Lashley made an "utterly foolish decision" when she ploughed her car into Ben Lambert on 5 July, her barrister said

A woman who deliberately drove a stolen car into a man and then reversed over his legs during a street brawl has had her jail term cut.

Estelle Lashley, 27, was jailed for nine years after she admitted injuring Ben Lambert as part of a row over money.

She drove a gang to Coltman Street, Hull, on 5 July, in order to carry out an attack on Mr Lambert.

The Court of Appeal has now cut her sentence to eight years.

Mr Justice Holgate, who was sitting with Lord Justice Treacy and Judge Richard Griffith-Jones, said the original nine-year term was "excessive".

Her barrister, David Godfrey, argued the sentence was "far too tough" and said it the attack had been a "one-off event".

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Media captionThe moment a white car runs over a man in a Hull street

The court heard Lashley, who was under the influence of cannabis, had a "look of hatred on her face" when she ploughed her VW Polo into Mr Lambert.

Three of the gang members got out of the car wielding a bat and attacked Mr Lambert and his brother, Mr Justice Holgate said.

As the pair tried to fight back, Lashley mounted the kerb and "deliberately drove" straight at Mr Lambert before reversing over his legs in front of his elderly father and heavily pregnant sister-in-law, the court heard.

Mr Lambert needed 12-hour surgery and long-term intensive physiotherapy. He lost his job and has suffered nightmares about being on the ground, the judges were told.

Mr Godfrey added Lashley, who has a six-year-old son, had worked all her life and led an otherwise "blameless life" but made an "utterly foolish decision" that day.

Mr Justice Holgate said the car was used as a weapon and the injuries caused to Mr Lambert were "undoubtedly serious".

Lashley also admitted aggravated vehicle taking and driving without insurance and was banned from driving for four years.

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