Cannabis-high woman mowed down a mother and three children as she fled row with her lesbian lover

Samantha Ogden, 28, was reversing at high speed when she mounted a pavement and ploughed into Natalie Mulligan her daughter and two other children

Samantha Ogden, 28, was reversing at high speed when she mounted a pavement and ploughed into Natalie Mulligan her daughter and two other children

Samantha Ogden, 28, was reversing at high speed when she mounted a pavement and ploughed into Natalie Mulligan her daughter and two other children

A woman who mowed down a mother and three children whilst high on cannabis as she was fleeing a row with her lesbian lover has been jailed for two years.

Samantha Ogden, 28,  was reversing her Vauxhall Corsa at high speed when she mounted a pavement and ploughed into Natalie Mulligan as she was walking hand-in-hand to a tram stop with her daughter aged 11 and two other children aged 11 and six who were friends of the family.

All four were thrown into a fence and the youngest girl was pinned to it, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The six-year-old, who suffered a fractured skull, now won’t sleep in her own bed and has nightmares and flashbacks from the incident which occurred in Salford, Manchester.

Ogden explained her behaviour to Miss Mulligan by saying: ‘I was just having sh..t with my bird and I needed to get off.’

Police tests taken after the incident showed Ogden was three times the drug drive limit.

All four were taken to hospital where doctors said the six-year-old girl’s injuries would take nine months to heal.  

The incident took place at 11am during the half term holidays on February 10 this year after Ogden had a row with her partner at their home in Salford.

During the bust up she was pursued to her Vauxhall Corsa by her partner and attempted to drive away in a rush, the court heard.

Miss Mulligan and the other two children suffered minor injuries in the impact.  

Her daughter is now afraid to walk home from school

The six-year-old spent three days in hospital and used a sling for a month. She also had to have a neck collar fitted.

 Miss Mulligan suffered with pain all over and bruises to her shin, arm, knee and body. She had a supportive walking boot and is still having physiotherapy.

Prosecutor David Lees said: ‘She was having a dispute with her partner and a neighbour who witnessed it said there was aggression and she seemed under the influence.

‘Miss Ogden came out of the house, ran towards the vehicle and got in it. Her partner also ran towards the vehicle. 

‘Miss Ogden sped backwards up the road but mounted the pavement, and unfortunately hit Natalie Mulligan with her daughter of 11, and two friends of the family being 11 and six. The impact of the vehicle caused all four to hit a fence, and the six year old was pinned between the car and the fence.

‘She lost consciousness for approximately 10 minutes at the scene. She was admitted to hospital that day but was slurring her speech. She had bruises on her left cheek and had a fractured skull. She was released from hospital three days later.

‘The doctors said it would be around nine months before her bones were fully healed. She now won’t sleep in her own bed and has nightmares and flashbacks from the incident. Miss Mulligan’s daughter is having counselling at school and fears crossing the road. She doesn’t walk home from school anymore. Their lives have been difficult since.’

Ogden explained her behaviour to Miss Mulligan by saying: 'I was just having sh..t with my bird and I needed to get off.'

Ogden explained her behaviour to Miss Mulligan by saying: 'I was just having sh..t with my bird and I needed to get off.'

Ogden explained her behaviour to Miss Mulligan by saying: ‘I was just having sh..t with my bird and I needed to get off.’

Mr Lees added: ‘The car travelled the length of 30 metres. The road is slightly uphill and the defendant was driving at speed. 

‘She accepts that her driving was dangerous and she was unaware of pedestrians on the pavement and mounted the kerb. Miss Mulligan was holding The six year old’s hand and was caught between the car and fence when hit.

‘The police were called and there was an overwhelming smell of cannabis. She admitted she had been smoking it and was three times the limit.

‘She said she took cannabis to alleviate stress and help sleep.

‘The seriousness of the injuries caused, the amount of cannabis, the excessive speed in these circumstances, the reversing of the vehicle up an incline for a considerable distance, with vulnerable road around on a half term – the minimum sentence is two years.’

In mitigation defence lawyer Daniel Gaskell said: ‘She accepts the seriousness of the offence. It should be considered where she found herself on the morning of the incident. She was fleeing from an abusive partner after they had had an argument.

‘Witness Collette Harris said they were having a heated argument and the partner chased her away in the street. She saw Ogden reversing quickly up the street in a frightened panicked manor and lost control of the car.’ 

Ogden admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drug driving and was also banned from the roads for two years.

 Judge Hillary Manley told her: ‘You had an argument with your partner and fled the house, got into the car and reversed 30 metres up the road.  

 ‘For anyone of any age to have a car reversing at you is traumatising, but to a six year old that must have been terrifying. Miss Mulligan’s daughter has had counselling and fears crossing the road. The other child has also been affected. They need reassurance as revving cars frightens them.

‘When you got out of that car you said to Natalie, words to the effect of, you were having sh*t with your bird and needed to get off, you were giving no consideration to the child and the incident.

‘It was a considerable distance to travel at excessive speed which was described as hurtling towards the mother and children. You may have been seeking to remove yourself from a volatile situation from your partner but you could have gone on foot. Driving at speed in a residential road in this way, you could have killed someone.’

 

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