A UK man who mowed over a gay man with his car while shouting homophobic slurs and then fled the scene was found guilty of assault this week.
31-year-old Aaron McDonald will spend the next 12 years in a jail cell.
It all started back in March, when McDonald got into a shouting match with a guy on Bloom Street in Manchester’s Gay Village.
Bloom Street is lined with several popular gay venues including New York, New York, AXM and The Eagle.
The argument escalated and McDonald kicked the man, calling him a “f*ggot boy” before storming off to his car, which was parked nearby.
He then reeved up the engine and sped directly at a group of pedestrians, including the man he had just kicked. The man ran and McDonald continued pursuing him with his vehicle until finally driving over the victim.
McDonald then sped away, parked about a mile away, and walked home. When he was later arrested the next day, he told officers he “fully intended” to contact them report what had happened.
“I was driving the car, I was waiting for yous [sic] to turn up,” he said. “I know what I’ve done it’s my mistake.”
McDonald was just found guilty of assault at Manchester Crown Court. He was sentenced to 12 years behind bars.
“McDonald’s decision to get in his car despite having been out drinking put the lives of not only the people he targeted in danger, but everyone walking on that street that morning,” Detective Matt Cooper told the Court.
“Getting into a car under the influence of alcohol and with the intention of using it as a weapon is completely unacceptable and he is lucky that he didn’t kill the man he drove into.”
“He will now have to spend the next 12 years living with the consequences of his actions.”