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Woman, 47, who ran over her ex, loses her appeal
1:00pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
A JILTED lover who ran over and killed her ex-boyfriend after hounding him at his new home has failed to convince top judges that she was too harshly punished.
Karen Colley, of Ash Grove, Evesham, repeatedly pestered Allan Brown, known as Charlie, at the caravan site to which he had moved in Mill Lane, Eckington, in October 2010, London’s Appeal Court heard.
On the night of the fatal incident on October 5, 2010, she provoked a drunken row with Mr Brown, aged 44, and was “driving around in circles goading him” when he toppled under the wheels of her car.
“He was clinging to the door of her car when he slipped and fell under the car, and his body was trapped underneath,” Mr Justice Nicol told the court.
Mr Brown died of his injuries four days later – almost two years ago to the day on which the appeal was heard.
Colley, 47, was jailed for nine years at Worcester Crown Court earlier this year after she was convicted of manslaughter and driving with excess alcohol. She claimed she was provoked into her reckless driving by her exlover brandishing a baseball bat.
But Mr Justice Nicol said the jury had “rightly rejected her argument that she acted in selfdefence”, while the sentencing judge concluded that Colley “from start to finish caused this confrontation”.
Colley’s lawyers claimed the jail term took insufficient account of Mr Brown’s alleged actions before the tragedy.
But Mr Justice Nicol said the crown court judge had imposed a “carefully considered sentence”
and concluded: “It was neither wrong in principle nor manifestly excessive.”