Manchester

Man jailed over Oldham carjacking of woman, 78

Dorothy Cooper Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Dorothy Cooper was left in "constant pain" in a wheelchair after she was run over by her own car

A man has been jailed for 11 years after he stole an elderly woman's car and ran her over with it.

Paul Moore told Dorothy Cooper, 78, there was smoke coming from her vehicle in Royton, Oldham when he struck.

When she got out to check, he jumped in the car and reversed into her, then drove over her as he left the car park, a court heard.

The 45-year-old pleaded guilty to robbery, grievous bodily harm with intent and dangerous driving.

'Life-changing injuries'

He had gone out that day to get money for drugs, Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Ms Cooper suffered a fractured spine and pelvis, internal bleeding and cuts and bruises in the carjacking in April.

She was hospitalised for three months, has been left in "constant pain" and "total despair" and was "likely" to be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life, the court heard.

Ms Cooper said the pain was "immense" and she had worried that she would die alone in the car park before people came to help.

The white Hyundai i10 was found later in Rochdale.

Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Paul Moore drove over Dorothy Cooper after stealing her car
Image caption The carjacking incident happened in a car park off Sandy Lane in Royton

Moore's defence team said his early guilty plea was a sign of "genuine remorse" and he had not realised the extent of Mrs Cooper's injuries.

He went out that day to get money for drugs and wanted to go on a rehabilitation course, it said.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Lowcock said: "It was a horrible and cruel piece of offending because of a selfish desire for drugs.

"Mrs Cooper suffered life-changing injuries. Before that, she had been a lively active person and she will never recover.

"You targeted a vulnerable victim and only a significant period of detention is appropriate.

"Whatever the sentence it is not enough to give Mrs Cooper her life back."

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