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Mum crippled convicted rapist boyfriend in hit-and-run after finding out he was cheating

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A mum crippled her convicted rapist boyfriend in a hit-and-run after finding out he was cheating on her, a court has heard.

Linda Shaw, 31, mowed down Barrington Sinclair after watching him emerge from the home he shared with his long-term partner.

As Mr Sinclair lay injured in the road, she then screamed: “Look what you’ve made me do”, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Shaw, who fled the scene, had met convicted sex beast Mr Sinclair on the ‘Plenty Of Fish’ dating site, where he had used a false name.

During their nine-month romance, she learned her boyfriend’s real name and discovered he had served a seven-year prison stretch for raping a woman in an alleyway following a New Year’s Eve party.



Shaw mowed down Barrington Sinclair, pictured, after watching him emerge from the home he shared with his long-term partner
Shaw mowed down Barrington Sinclair, pictured, after watching him emerge from the home he shared with his long-term partner

The care worker, from Tameside, Greater Manchester, later found out her lover was also living with his long-time partner and their two children behind her back at a house in Droyslden.

The property was less than five miles from her Dukinfield home.

On the day of the hit-and-run, she drove to the property so see if Mr Sinclair would emerge from it – and he did.

She then followed the 32-year-old, a night porter at a market hall, in her Fiat Punto as he cycled to work at around 1.50am.

When he stopped in the street, she mowed him down, fracturing his leg, Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

She then “drove away and left him on the floor”.

Now, Shaw, a mother of one, has been spared jail by a judge after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm.

She sobbed as she walked free with a 12-month jail term, suspended  for two years. She was also banned from contacting Mr Sinclair under the terms of a restraining order.



Shaw followed Mr Sinclar, 32, in her Fiat Punto as he cycled to work at around 1.50am
Shaw followed Mr Sinclar, 32, in her Fiat Punto as he cycled to work at around 1.50am

The court had heard that the convicted rapist was taken to hospital following the crash just days before Christmas 2017.

He has since had to undergo seven operations on his leg because of a number of complications and infections.

He lost his job and now walks with a limp, the court was told.

Sentencing Shaw, Judge Bernard Lever told her: “The complainant gave you a false name and didn’t tell you he was in a relationship with another woman and had a couple of children by her.

“The relationship developed and he knew how sensitive and vulnerable you were – yet you were treated very badly by this man. 

“You took it upon yourself to drive several miles and see if he emerged from this woman’s house – and he did.

”You were very distressed and there was a conversation between you and him. Not deliberately or intentionally, but recklessly, you drove your motor car over his leg and caused a severe fracture.

“You drove away and left him on the floor.”

He added: “I was going to send you immediately to prison but just by a whisker I am able to suspend this sentence because of the wholly exceptional circumstances.



She drove away, leaving her injured boyfriend "on the floor"
She drove away, leaving her injured boyfriend “on the floor”

“The facts of this case are wholly exceptional and there is wholly exceptional mitigation. I hope you can put these tragic circumstances behind you.”

The court heard the incident happened on December 15, 2017, after Shaw had met Mr Sinclair through online dating.

As they got to know each other, she confided about her personal problems and the abuse she suffered in her childhood which left her with post-traumatic stress disorder, it was said.

He later admitted having a conviction for rape but failed to tell Shaw about his long-term partner and family, the court was told.

Brian Berlyne, prosecuting, said: “He gave the defendant a false name and pretended he was not in a relationship.

“In fact he actually had a long-term partner and was living with her and their children.

“On the day of the incident he left his home and was cycling to work when he saw her in her car and was following him.

“She was shouting at him saying that she had been following him and had seen him come out of her house.

“Mr Sinclair stopped his bicycle but Miss Shaw drove her car into him and his bicycle.



A file picture of Minshull Street Crown Court, where Shaw was spared jail
A file picture of Minshull Street Crown Court, where Shaw was spared jail

“This caused a fracture to the leg and has left him with long-lasting injuries. He stated that she drove forward into collision with him at a speed of about 5mph.”

The court heard there was “significant damage” to the bike.

“The impact clearly was between the front of the vehicle and the back wheel of the bicycle,” Mr Berlyne said.

“The crown’s case is that she was angry towards Mr Sinclair and drove towards him recklessly.

“She got out of the vehicle and told him, ‘look what you have made me do’. She drove away from the scene and left Mr Sinclair injured at the road side.

“A member of the public came to the scene and called an ambulance.

“He was very seriously injured, she did not know about the complications. He sustained a close midshaft fracture of the right tibia.

“He required surgery and needed a nail in his leg.



Judge Bernard Lever, pictured, said Shaw took it upon herself "to drive several miles" and see if Mr Sinclair emerged from the house
Judge Bernard Lever, pictured, said Shaw took it upon herself “to drive several miles” and see if Mr Sinclair emerged from the house

“He suffered with complications after the surgery and required further intervention three days after the incident.

“Two weeks later, medical staff were concerned that his leg had become infected.

“He required three further operations to remove the infections.

“He has required long term antibiotics, he was reviewed by a doctor in July this year and the medical prognosis is that there will be long term complications. He is likely to have ongoing pain.”

The prosecutor continued: “The complainant has convictions for rape which came out. He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in 2010. He has nine previous convictions altogether.”

In a statement, Mr Sinclair described the past year as “awful” and said he had been left in “agony” with his leg.

He said: “I’ve had seven operations on my leg. I’m in agony with it. I have to take a lot of different medications and painkillers.

“I will never be able to ride a bicycle again.

“This is life changing and will affect me forever. I cannot work and lost my job as a porter at a local market.



Shaw sobbed as she walked free with a 12-month jail term, suspended  for two years

“I have difficulty sleeping and difficulty getting comfortable. I walk with a limp and have to use crutches if I’m walking a long distance.”

In mitigation defence lawyer, Rachel Shenton said: “There is an extraordinary back story to all of this.

“She formed a relationship with a man who is wholly dishonest and she finds out later in the relationship he is a convicted rapist.

”He continues to lie to her and and did not tell her he was in fact in a relationship with children.

“She went to the house  because she felt she was going mad and believed he was in a relationship with somebody else and went to see with her own eyes.

”He was cycling around her vehicle and was goading her whilst she was in a state of distress. In many ways it was a perfect storm.

“She was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at the time and a psychologist and the author of the pre-sentence report use the word ‘catastrophic’ when considering whether a custodial sentence would be appropriate.

”A custodial sentence would result in severe deterioration of her mental health. A month after this incident, the complainant was begging this defendant to resume a relationship with him and he was saying how sorry he was for what he has done to her.”

Mr Sinclair had been jailed at Manchester Crown Court in December 2010 after he raped a woman.

That attack took place just minutes after he was ejected from a New Year’s Eve bash during a row with his partner who caught him making a pass at another woman.

The victim, who was walking home from a pub, was dragged around the back of a bakery, where she was sexually attacked on the floor.

Afterwards, Mr Sinclair went back to see his unsuspecting girlfriend and the pair rekindled their relationship.

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