A young woman who ran over her husband's ex-girlfriend in a jealous rage has managed to avoid jail time.
19-year-old Chantelle Matthews hit 24-year-old model Faye Townsend with her Nissan Micra back in December 2015, after the two got into an argument about Matthews' husband, Mark Hilden, outside a Texaco gas station, according to MailOnline.
A judge suspended Matthews' original two-year sentence and, instead, issued her a slap on the wrist in the form of a restraining order and a six-month-long curfew from 7 pm to 7 am.
Three days prior to the incident, Matthews was heard screaming, "He's my f***ing husband now stay away from him," before threatening Townsend with a belt.
Three days later, after following Townsend down a road close to her home, Matthews attempted to swerve into Townsend, before Hilden straightened the vehicle.
But after Matthews dropped Hilden off, she returned to where Townsend was walking, slammed the vehicle into the victim and left her to bleed out.
After being discovered and immediately taken to the hospital, Townsend was put into a medically-induced coma for two weeks to recover from brain bleeding and a skull fracture.
Prosecutor Andrew Houston explained,
She struck her on her right hand side, and she was thrown up in the air and hit the windscreen. There was bruising to the back of the claimant's legs caused by the impact of the car on her body. The defendant then drove off, not stopping at the scene.
Police believe Matthews' car was going between 20 and 30 miles per hour when it made contact with Townsend. The vehicle was also extremely damaged, with Townsend's hair found on the windshield.
Despite clear evidence that Matthews acted with malicious intent and used her car as a weapon, Judge Gary Burrell proceeded to let her off with what seems like just a warning.
In court, Burrell told Matthews,
You are very fortunate you were not charged with attempted murder. This girl, who was perfectly healthy before, has now been left with all sorts of difficulties requiring ongoing medical care. She had a very significant brain injury and was in an induced coma for a long time, and she has to live with the consequences of what you did that day.
But what about the consequences Matthews should be facing? To me, there are barely any.
Townsend posted to her Facebook account after the accident to state she was "alive," despite the long road for recovery she has to face.
We can only hope that, in spite of the court's decision, Matthews will face the proper punishment she deserves one day.