A maniac driver who rammed his car into a woman and pinned her against the wall in an horrific attack after an argument has been jailed for 12 years. Kirk Starzyk, 55, deliberately drove his vehicle straight at Deborah Nicholson after a disagreement in the street, leaving her needing skin grafts and in constant pain.
Prosecutors said father-of-two Starzyk had used his Peugeot car ‘as a weapon’ in the incident in Scunthorpe. Starzyk denied wounding Miss Nicholson with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on September 1 but was convicted by a jury at Grimsby Crown Court. He admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 12 years. CCTV shows Miss Nicholson running along the street and putting her arms out to the side as Starzyk reverses his red car. The Peugeot can then be seen pointed towards Miss Nicholson and driving straight at her, pinning her against a wall and injuring her, before driving off.
Passers-by can be seen chasing after the Peugeot and rushing to the victim’s aid. Miss Nicholson was taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital and later needed operations and skin grafts for severe leg injuries. Starzyk was arrested by Humberside Police at his then home in Detuyll Street, Scunthorpe. The car had been parked in another area and its number plates ripped off. He later claimed that Miss Nicholson slapped and pushed him, knocked his glasses off, pulled his coat over his head and stole something from him. He claimed that he wanted to get it back.
Starzyk, of Main Street in Bonby, later said he only wanted to scare her and admitted driving into the pavement but claimed he did not hear her scream and that he did not feel there was any contact between her and the car. Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, said Starzyk and Miss Nicholson were both in the Berkeley Street area of Scunthorpe to buy drugs.
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