Sally Stickland sentenced for driving her Nissan Micra into her husband

Daily Echo: John Stickland with his wife Sally Stickland John Stickland with his wife Sally Stickland

A HAMPSHIRE woman who drove a car into her husband after years of domestic abuse, has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Sally Stickland ploughed her silver Nissan Micra into John Stickland - who was present in court to support his wife - in West Common, Lanley, on May 18 this year, leaving him with significant injuries to his head, neck, brain and back.

But Southampton Crown Court heard how the 72-year old May have been driven to carrying out the act after years of domestic abuse.

The court heard how Stickland suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome as a result - and a condition described as "battered wife syndrome" by Judge Gary Burrell.

She denied attempted murder at a previous court hearing in September this year, but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of grievous bodily harm when the charge was revised.

Simon Edwards, prosecuting, told the court how passers-by found Mr Stickland lying motionless like on a grass verge after the incident.

He told the court Stickland was driving on the eastbound side of the road before crossing over to the westbound side and hitting her 73-year-old husband from behind.

Mr Edwards said: "It struck his legs and he fell backwards.

"It appears that his head was in contact with the windscreen, resulting in damage to the windscreen.

"Mr Stickland would have been unaware of the approach of the car behind him."

Suspicions arose when neighbours saw Stickland's car parked at an angle and with a damaged windscreen at her home.

She said something came at her car when she was driving but was adamant she hadn't hit anyone, the court heard.

Mr Stickland told the court he has made a full recovery, and in a victim impact statement read out by Mr Williams, he said he didn't want to be kept away from his wife for any longer.

He said: "I love my wife and care for her very much."

But the court heard a probation report compiled for Stickland, who has been living in the room of a care home, said the risk of harm towards her husband would "increase" if she lives with him.

Judge Burrell sentenced Stickland, of West Common Road, to 18 months in prison, suspended for two years.

He also made her subject to a two year residence order, in which she must live with her son, and a 24 month supervision order.

Daily Echo:

He said: "You deliberately ran him over in a motorcar from behind, crossing the wrong side of the road and hitting him at speed.

"He could so very easily have died.

"There is a very unusual background to this dreadful incident. You suffer from post traumatic stress syndrome and battered persons' syndrome.

"Although you and Mr Stickland have been married for 50 years and have three children,mot seems clear that for a period of the relationship it was marred by violence, mainly on his part.

"You previously sought help from domestic abuse services. As a result of that your emotional well being suffered and so did your mental health."

Mr Stickland embraced his wife following the hearing.

Daily Echo:

A family statement was read outside court by solicitor Janet Brownlow.

It said: "The entire family have found the last few months very difficult and are still coming to terms with the traumatic circumstances surrounding the incident and everything that has followed.

"The family remain united. Mr and Mrs Stickland still love each other deeply and they understand then reasoning behind the judge's sentencing.

"The family wish to start to put all of this behind them and look forward to the future.

"We would ask the press to respect the family's privacy in a relationship which has become public in the way that it did."

She initially pleaded not guilty to attempted murder but admitted causing grievous bodily harm

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1:28pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Charlie Bucket says...

What a sad story. There will probably be those quick to condemn one or the other, but it seems to me this is a tragedy all round.
What a sad story. There will probably be those quick to condemn one or the other, but it seems to me this is a tragedy all round. Charlie Bucket

3:18pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Phil76 says...

Agree with the above comment.

Usual high quality, responsible, journalism from the Echo overlaid with irony...quoting the bit of the press release that asked them not to do the very thing that then it went on to do...

"We would ask the press to respect the family's privacy in a relationship which has become public in the way that it did"
Agree with the above comment. Usual high quality, responsible, journalism from the Echo overlaid with irony...quoting the bit of the press release that asked them not to do the very thing that then it went on to do... "We would ask the press to respect the family's privacy in a relationship which has become public in the way that it did" Phil76

3:20pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Brite Spark says...

"We would ask the press to respect ......"
So the Daily Echo plasters an advert for a huge Nissan CR-V all over this story!
"We would ask the press to respect ......" So the Daily Echo plasters an advert for a huge Nissan CR-V all over this story! Brite Spark

3:23pm Mon 9 Dec 13

sotonbusdriver says...

It puzzles me, that if she has been subject to years of domestic violence, at the hands of her husband... Which she seems to claim caused her to drive the car into him...
Why does she still want to be with him, and try to put this behind them...
Someone that has been abused, would with this, get a chance to leave the marital home, get housing in a hostel for battered wives and get further support in living an independent life from her husband.
There appears to be no on going investigation to the abuse charges, which with the Police's powers and heightened awareness towards abusive marriages should be taking steps against the husband too...
It puzzles me, that if she has been subject to years of domestic violence, at the hands of her husband... Which she seems to claim caused her to drive the car into him... Why does she still want to be with him, and try to put this behind them... Someone that has been abused, would with this, get a chance to leave the marital home, get housing in a hostel for battered wives and get further support in living an independent life from her husband. There appears to be no on going investigation to the abuse charges, which with the Police's powers and heightened awareness towards abusive marriages should be taking steps against the husband too... sotonbusdriver

3:40pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mary80 says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
It puzzles me, that if she has been subject to years of domestic violence, at the hands of her husband... Which she seems to claim caused her to drive the car into him...
Why does she still want to be with him, and try to put this behind them...
Someone that has been abused, would with this, get a chance to leave the marital home, get housing in a hostel for battered wives and get further support in living an independent life from her husband.
There appears to be no on going investigation to the abuse charges, which with the Police's powers and heightened awareness towards abusive marriages should be taking steps against the husband too...
Its never as easy as "just up and leave" as the abuser isolates the abused from friends and family and controls them in everyway including a tight stranglehold in finances. Sometimes the abused cannot leave even if they want to as they are so trapped they have no way out.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: It puzzles me, that if she has been subject to years of domestic violence, at the hands of her husband... Which she seems to claim caused her to drive the car into him... Why does she still want to be with him, and try to put this behind them... Someone that has been abused, would with this, get a chance to leave the marital home, get housing in a hostel for battered wives and get further support in living an independent life from her husband. There appears to be no on going investigation to the abuse charges, which with the Police's powers and heightened awareness towards abusive marriages should be taking steps against the husband too...[/p][/quote]Its never as easy as "just up and leave" as the abuser isolates the abused from friends and family and controls them in everyway including a tight stranglehold in finances. Sometimes the abused cannot leave even if they want to as they are so trapped they have no way out. Mary80

6:15pm Mon 9 Dec 13

RustyTowers says...

Brite Spark wrote:
"We would ask the press to respect ......"
So the Daily Echo plasters an advert for a huge Nissan CR-V all over this story!
Really? I have never heard of a Nissan CR-V before...

A Honda CR-V perhaps - or a Nissan X-Trail maybe...
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: "We would ask the press to respect ......" So the Daily Echo plasters an advert for a huge Nissan CR-V all over this story![/p][/quote]Really? I have never heard of a Nissan CR-V before... A Honda CR-V perhaps - or a Nissan X-Trail maybe... RustyTowers

6:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Mckinkle says...

At last a Judge who has made the right decision. I can now say I am proud of British justice, hopefully for more than just this case though but time will tell.
At last a Judge who has made the right decision. I can now say I am proud of British justice, hopefully for more than just this case though but time will tell. Mckinkle

7:57pm Mon 9 Dec 13

andysaints007 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
"We would ask the press to respect ......"
So the Daily Echo plasters an advert for a huge Nissan CR-V all over this story!
Not very 'brite' are you !
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: "We would ask the press to respect ......" So the Daily Echo plasters an advert for a huge Nissan CR-V all over this story![/p][/quote]Not very 'brite' are you ! andysaints007

9:27pm Mon 9 Dec 13

dango says...

Mckinkle wrote:
At last a Judge who has made the right decision. I can now say I am proud of British justice, hopefully for more than just this case though but time will tell.
give it a week or so and you'll be pulling teeth again ;)
[quote][p][bold]Mckinkle[/bold] wrote: At last a Judge who has made the right decision. I can now say I am proud of British justice, hopefully for more than just this case though but time will tell.[/p][/quote]give it a week or so and you'll be pulling teeth again ;) dango

9:30pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Dyanda says...

Langley, not Lanley!!! Do the Echo deliberately make typos to see if we are paying attention!
Langley, not Lanley!!! Do the Echo deliberately make typos to see if we are paying attention! Dyanda

9:54pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Doctor Morality says...

Sometimes the children and the dad have to put up with domestic violence and child abuse for years -
see www.moralproposition
s.com
Sometimes the children and the dad have to put up with domestic violence and child abuse for years - see www.moralproposition s.com Doctor Morality

11:37pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Danzig says...

Another article littered with grammatical errors.
Another article littered with grammatical errors. Danzig

12:20am Wed 11 Dec 13

sparkster says...

im sorry but i would not put up with 50 years of abuse from my husband, admittedly years ago there wasn;t much help for women who were victims of abuse but we have come a long way now
im sorry but i would not put up with 50 years of abuse from my husband, admittedly years ago there wasn;t much help for women who were victims of abuse but we have come a long way now sparkster

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