Mur­der-bid driver jailed

‘Wicked’ thug gets six and a half years for mur­der bid

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Taylor

A crazed driver who mowed down a young cou­ple has been jailed for six and a half years.

Shaun Inglis, 41, ploughed into Thomas Bar­ber, 21, be­cause he be­lieved his vic­tim had at­tacked him.

He also struck girl­friend Ni­cole Boyer, 23, and left her slumped and bleed­ing against a wall.

Inglis ad­mit­ted at­tempt­ing to mur­der the pair and was caged at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh.

Judge Lord Boyd warned he could eas­ily have been fac­ing a rap for killing them.

He said: “It was a wicked act of re­venge which might eas­ily have re­sulted in the deaths of two peo­ple.”

Inglis de­lib­er­ately drove his Ford Fi­esta into Mr Bar­ber and Ms Boyer on Mans­field Road, Lochwin­noch, last Oc­to­ber 28.

The Lin­wood thug climbed through a bro­ken wind­screen and be­gan ham­mer­ing the man with a bro­ken brick while yelling: “You’re a f*****g dead man.”

A ma­niac mo­torist who mounted a pave­ment and ploughed into a young cou­ple was yes­ter­day caged for six and a half years.

Shaun Inglis, 41, mowed down Thomas Bar­ber, 21, just hours after the vic­tim was cleared of bat­ter­ing him.

He also smashed into Ni­cole Boyer, 23, and a wall, then clam­bered through the bro­ken wind­screen and pum­melled her boyfriend with a bro­ken brick.

Inglis ad­mit­ted at­tempt­ing to mur­der the pair and was jailed at the High Court in Ed­in­burgh.

Judge Lord Boyd told him he had shown no re­morse and ap­par­ently be­lieved Mr Bar­ber de­served his fate.

He said: “It was a wicked act of re­venge which might eas­ily have re­sulted in the deaths of two peo­ple.

“Mr Bar­ber was ac­quit­ted of as­sault­ing you and you were ap­par­ently de­ter­mined to take re­venge and went look­ing for him.

“You de­lib­er­ately drove your car across the street, mount­ing the pave­ment and strik­ing both com­plain­ers.”

Mr Bar­ber had been ac­quit­ted of at­tack­ing Inglis ear­lier in the day at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court.

Inglis then went look­ing for him and de­lib­er­ately drove his Ford Fi­esta into the cou­ple.

The thug leapt out and be­gan at­tack­ing Mr Bar­ber – who had been launched into a gar­den – with a brick, bit his left ear and bawled: “You’re a f***** g dead man.”

Ms Boyer was struck on her left side and fell to the ground against a wall.

Inglis then hob­bled off on a bro­ken foot.

The dad then phoned his so­cial worker and told them: “I’ve done some­thing. I’ve knocked him down and the car is on its roof.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Duncan McPhie told how Inglis di­alled 999 and con­fessed after the mur­der bid on Mans­field Road, Lochwin­noch, last Oc­to­ber 28.

He said: “Dur­ing the call he ad­mit­ted he had run over the com­plain­ers and bashed in the male’s head.

“He also told po­lice where he was.”

Mr Bar­ber un­der­went surgery on his left hand after the at­tack and has been left with per­ma­nent scar­ring to his head and ear.

De­fence lawyer Bob Mitchell in­sisted his the in­ci­dent was out of char­ac­ter for his client and he posed no threat to the pub­lic.

He said: “He is a sur­prised to find him­self in this po­si­tion.

“Al­though he has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, they are not char­ac­terised by vi­o­lence.

“This is very much an aber­ra­tion in his gen­eral be­hav­iour.”

Lord Boyd told Inglis, who lives in Lin­wood, he was lucky he had not killed the pair.

He warned he would have jailed him for at least a decade if he had not pled guilty and been con­victed after a trial.

Re­venge at­tack Shaun Inglis

Al­most killed Thomas Bar­ber and girl­friend Ni­cole Boyer

Ad­mit­ted at­tack Shaun Inglis

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