Killer driver jailed for headbutting his wife during 'nasty' assault
A KILLER driver who mowed down a pedestrian in a cowardly hit-and-run crash has been jailed again – after viciously headbutting his wife and knocking her about during a "nasty" attack.
Stuart Scott was locked up for seven years in November 2002 after using his car as a lethal weapon to kill father-of-two Darren Hopkin near Isaac's Hill roundabout, Cleethorpes.
The sentence, imposed at Sheffield Crown Court, was later reduced on appeal to six years – provoking fury from the victim's partner, who claimed it was an insult to his memory.
Scott, 30, of Castle Street, Grimsby, has now been jailed for three years after being convicted of assaulting his wife, Tracey Scott, causing actual bodily harm, on February 1 and perverting the course of justice by making numerous telephone calls and sending text messages to her between February 3 and 14, ordering her to tell the police that her statement was a lie.
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He denied the matters but was found guilty by a jury at Grimsby Crown Court after a trial.
Judge David Tremberg told Scott: "You have different sides to your character. On one side, you are presentable and articulate. The other side shows you can cause serious harm. As a young adult, you committed manslaughter.
"Most people learn from their mistakes but you did not. You said you were not a jealous person but this is not true. The mother of your two children developed depression and low self-esteem because of the way you treated her.
"You abused her verbally and subjected her to violence. You made her life miserable."
"On February 1, you committed a nasty attack on your wife. You headbutted her and knocked her about the kitchen. This was an unpleasant attack in which she sustained blows to her head and face. She sought to escape and reported you to the police.
"You were then resourceful and manipulative. You persuaded her to retract her statement by persuasive text and calls. And you nearly got away with it but she was made of strong stuff.
"You have not shown a hint of remorse."
Craig Lowe, mitigating, said the victim had six bruises – two to the upper arm and two to the face – and suffered only minor injuries.
Scott, a former branch manager at a Grimsby tyre company, had worked for most of his adult life and had a clear love for his two children, said Mr Lowe.
Scott was cleared by the jury of another charge of assaulting Tracey Scott, causing actual bodily harm, between September 23 and October 8.
DC Nurse, who led the case against him, said that domestic violence is a priority for the force and that officers would do all they could to bring those responsible to justice.
He said: "This was a challenging case due to the intimidating nature of the offender. Mr Scott not only abused his wife but tried to prevent her attending court by threatening her.
"I would like to pay tribute to Mrs Scott who had the strength to not only report the abuse to the police but also to remain strong during the period when she was being put under significant pressure to withdraw her evidence."
"We are, of course, very happy with the sentence which has been imposed which clearly reflects the seriousness of the case against Mr Scott and the level of risk he poses.
"This case demonstrates how partnership working can secure the safety of a victim who had been subject to serious abuse and ensure that the perpetrator was brought to justice."
As reported during the manslaughter case, victim Mr Hopkin died on April 24, 2002, three days after being hit by a car being driven by Scott on Isaac's Hill.
He suffered critical injuries and died as a result of a massive skull fracture.
Mr Hopkin, 29, of Lestrange Street, Cleethorpes, had been out drinking with friends in the resort before the collision at around 2.40am on April 21 that year.
Last year, Scott was jailed at Grimsby Crown Court for 14 months after another horrific smash in which he could have killed his female passenger. He admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, drink-driving and having no insurance.