Woman mowed down five-year-old child in car while under influence of cannabis

A woman who knifed her ex-boyfriend eight years ago appeared in court for mowing a five-year-old girl down with her car.

Catherine Martin was at the helm of the wheel in her red Peugeot and under the influence of cannabis when she ran the child over near a school in Netherton on September 20, 2021.

After fleeing the scene of the incident, she was later arrested after her registration was tracked down, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how she had used cannabis the night before and had senselessly not realized it was still in her system the following day.

Catherine Martin, 29, of Abingdon Grove, walks from Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Friday, April 1, 2022.

Luke Unsworth, prosecuting, said Martin’s car was traveling on Poulsom Drive in Netherton with another person in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

The car then hit the little girl, who was with her mother at the time, close to Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School. The girl’s mother then approached the car to speak to Martin but she drove away after the woman starting pulling the car door.

Police later located Martin and interviewed her. At that point she admitted her role in the crash.

Mr Unsworth said: “The defendant appeared very upset and described to the police officer how she hit a child.

“She said ‘I hit a child then panicked and drove away’.”

Mr Unsworth confirmed in court that the child’s injuries were minor and temporary. Martin spoke briefly this morning to confirm she was pleading guilty to four driving offences, including failing to stop after an accident and driving while over the limit for a controlled drug.

Catherine Martin, pictured in 2014 after being arrested for stabbing her ex-boyfriend
Catherine Martin, pictured in 2014 after being arrested for stabbing her ex-boyfriend

She had earlier confirmed she used cannabis to deal with her anxiety and the court heard she had stopped driving in the aftermath of the incident because she realized how much worse the accident could have been.

Martin, of Abingdon Grove, was disqualified from driving for 22 months and placed under a four month curfew, requiring her to be in the house from 7pm to 7am.

Yesterday saw her return to court eight years after she knifed her ex-boyfriend outside a job center in Everton. On that occasion, the then 20-year-old got involved in an argument between her then boyfriend David Torr and her ex Anthony Jones.

As Mr Jones went to run away, Martin stabbed him twice in the back with a knife she was carrying in her bag. Torr then finished off the assault by punching the wounded man several more times before he managed to run off to a friend’s on Walton Breck Road.

Both pleaded guilty and to wounding and Martin sobbed in the dock as she was sentenced to 14 months in a young offender’s institution.

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