Man drove over his girlfriend

Await­ing sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty

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A man re­versed his car over his girlfriend af­ter she told him not to drive be­cause he had been drink­ing, a court was told.

At the High Court in Glas­gow Robert Love­lock (27) from New Steven­ston, who is also known as Robert Mac­don­ald, ad­mit­ted se­ri­ously as­sault­ing Nicole Al­lan by push­ing her to the ground and then re­vers­ing his Vaux­hall Corsa over her body on April 10 at Farm Road, Hamil­ton.

He was orig­i­nally charged with at­tempted mur­der, but his plea to the lesser of­fence was ac­cepted by the Crown.

Love­lock also ad­mit­ted strik­ing Ms Cana­van on the body with the car.

The cou­ple had been vis­it­ing Ms Al­lan’s rel­a­tives and at 10pm he said he wanted to go home.

Pros­e­cu­tor Al­lan Ni­col told the court: “They had a dis­agree­ment and Nicole Al­lan told the ac­cused she was not leav­ing as her mother had ar­ranged to pick them up and that he could not drive as he had been drink­ing.”

The row con­tin­ued out­side the rel­a­tive’s house on the drive­way. Love­lock got into his car and there was a strug­gle as Ms Al­lan, ac­com­pa­nied by her step sis­ter, El­iz­a­beth Cana­van, tried to stop him driv­ing away.

He got out the car, pushed her to the ground and then at­tempted to drive off.

She leaned into the car through the front pas­sen­ger win­dow and was dragged a short dis­tance be­fore she fell to the ground.

At this point Love­lock stopped the car and then re­versed, knock­ing Ms Cana­van to the ground and driv­ing over Ms Al­lan who was still ly­ing on the ground.

Love­lock then drove for­ward and got out the car and spoke to Ms Al­lan, be­fore driv­ing off.

Ms Cana­van and her part­ner helped Ms Al­lan into their home and called po­lice and an am­bu­lance.

Ms Al­lan was taken to Hairmyres Hospi­tal suf­fer­ing from a cut to her fore­head and bruis­ing to her body and el­bow and ten­der­ness in her lum­bar area.

Ms Cana­van suf­fered a frac­ture to a wrist bone,

Mr Ni­col said: “At the time of the ac­ci­dent, al­though it was dark, the street lights were on and the ac­cused would have been able to see Nicole Al­lan and El­iz­a­beth Cana­van and would have been fully aware of their pres­ence.”

The court heard that fi­bres from Ms Al­lan’s top were found in the car’s axle and marks were found on the rear of the car con­sis­tent with her head and up­per body com­ing into con­tact with it as it re­versed over her.

Love­lock also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Ms Al­lan on Jan­uary 13 at his home.

He caused her to fall and then as she lay on the floor bit her and kicked her re­peat­edly on the body.

She tried to get up and leave, but the ac­cused got a knife and told her to stay.

Even­tu­ally, she man­aged to leave the house and phone the po­lice.

Love­lock also ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Ms Al­lan on Jan­uary 13 at his home at Woodside Street, New Steven­ston.

Love­lock, who is a pris­oner in Ad­diewell, will be sen­tenced next month.

Judge Sean Mur­phy QC called for back­ground re­ports.

De­fence QC Tony Gra­ham will make his plea in mit­i­ga­tion when the case next calls.

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