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Rohan Crooks jailed for running over cyclist in Oxford

Rohan Crooks
Image caption Rohan Crooks was on Thames Valley Police's most wanted list

A driver who deliberately ran over a cyclist after an argument in Oxford has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison.

Rohan Crooks, of Walthamstow, East London, went on the run for two years after the attack.

The 34-year-old had been cleared of attempted murder, but was convicted of wounding with intent.

Sentencing at Oxford Crown Court, Mr Justice Nicol called it "a gross misuse of a car, which has to be marked".

He added: "I do not accept that your remorse is genuine.

"Only a custodial sentence is appropriate."

Crooks was sentenced to nine and a half years for inflicting grievous bodily harm and 18 months for dangerous driving, to run simultaneously.

He was also disqualified for driving for 10 years and will have to take a mandatory driving test after that period.

Most wanted

But Mr Justice Nicol said Crooks, who is Jamaican, could face deportation upon completion of his sentence.

Crooks' victim was knocked off his bicycle in Cuddesdon Way and dragged down the road by the car in October 2008.

It happened shortly after an argument between the men outside shops in Blackbird Leys Road.

The car was later found abandoned and burnt out.

Crooks was on Thames Valley Police's most wanted list and handed himself in earlier this year.

The victim, who was in his 20s, was in intensive care with life-threatening injuries after the attack and spent several weeks in hospital.

He also suffered "significant facial injury", rib fractures, a broken arm, a separated collar bone and shoulder blade, and a broken vertebra.

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