Attempted murder charge dropped as man admits dangerous driving when trouble flared at wedding

A driver has admitted causing serious injuries when trouble flared at a wedding.

Monday, 20th January 2020, 2:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 12:02 pm

Ben Ashman pleaded guilty to causing serious injuries to a woman, who is in her 50s, by dangerous driving during an incident at the Bowburn Hall Hotel in Bowburn, in the early hours of August 24 last year.

The 36-year-old has also admitted assault by beating on a different female, who is in her 20s, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent to a male, dangerous driving, damaging property and failing to provide a specimen.

A charge of attempted murder, in relation to the victim who suffered serious injuries, has been dropped.

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The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court.

Ashman, of Sunderland Street, Houghton, has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.

Judge Paul Sloan QC warned him: "You should understand, the fact I am adjourning sentence and the fact I am directing the preparation of a pre-sentence report is not an indication of the sentence that will be imposed.

"You will understand that you face a significant, immediate custodial sentence.

"The length of that sentence will be determined once I have seen all relevant information about the case."