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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Former policeman tells Cumbrian court: 'I didn’t run over my ex-wife'

A former policeman accused of running over his ex-wife told a jury he didn’t know how she came to be injured.

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Ken Sharples: Jailed for four years

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Kenneth Sharples, 53, denies causing serious injury to Andrea Sharp by dangerous driving and wounding her new partner by assault.

Sharples, of Chaucer Road, Workington, is accused of attacking Kai Deisveld and running Ms Sharp over following an argument at her home in Seaton on December 15. Ms Sharp was left with a broken leg while Mr Diesveld suffered cuts and bruising to his face.

A jury at Carlisle Crown Court heard how Sharples’ daughter called her father to come and collect her from his ex-wife’s house.

He told the court he was worried because his daughter had mentioned problems with Ms Sharp and her new boyfriend before.

The court was told there was a dispute and Sharples said he turned to leave but that Mr Diesveld attacked him and he was acting in self defence.

In cross examination, Sharples denied running over Ms Sharp.

“I am not aware [of the car striking her],” he said.

“I don’t know [how she came to be injured].”

Sharples said he had not driven dangerously and denied using violence.

“I did not batter, pummel and punch Mr Diesveld,” he said. He agreed Mr Diesveld ended up on the floor and admitted holding him down but said his ex-wife had hold of him.

“I wanted to get my daughter out,” he said. “It was a very upsetting and frightening scenario.”

The court heard earlier from witnesses who described seeing Sharples grappling with Mr Diesveld before running over Ms Sharp’s leg.

The trial continues.

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