A grandfather of five ran over his lover after the pair had a huge row in a suburban street, a court heard.
Witnesses said William Herbert Cameron, 74, was ‘aggressively arguing’ with his partner in the south Melbourne suburb of Seaford before he sped off in his vehicle and made a U-turn.
He slammed into the woman, causing her to fall backwards before driving over her, leaving the woman unconscious under the car, the Herald Sun reported.
Cameron eventually reversed back and tried to drag her ‘limp body’ into the passenger’s seat, a local resident who heard the commotion said.
A grandfather of five ran over his lover after the pair had a huge row in a suburban street, a court heard (stock image)
The scorned lover faced Frankston Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to the ugly June 10 incident which took place on Railway Parade.
Police apprehended Cameron in the New South Wales town of Harden, 125km northwest of Canberra.
He had fled Victoria immediately following the incident and was arrested across the border just one day later.
Since then he has remained in police custody after being taken back to Victoria.
On the day of Cameron’s arrest, police also located the woman who was hit by the car and took her hospital for a health assessment.
Her injuries were not disclosed to the court and she did not make a victim’s impact statement.
Police said the woman’s family told officers the pair had been in a long-term relationship, although Cameron denied the two were lovers.
Defence lawyer George Vassis argued Cameron did not intend to run over the victim.
He also said his client did not flee the state because of the incident, instead claiming he was visiting friends.
William Herbert Cameron, 74, appeared in Frankston Magistrate’s Court (pictured) in Melbourne
‘They had words, there were objects thrown at my client, empty cans, coffee cups,’ Mr Vassis said.
‘(The car) contacted her shin and her calf, and after witnesses came over (to help) he took her home and offered to take her to hospital, but she did not want to go.
‘The victim was somewhat intoxicated.’
Magistrate Ross Betts appeared to have little sympathy for the arguments put before the court.
‘Just because you are drunk it doesn’t mean people can run you over,’ Mr Betts said.
Cameron will be sentenced at a later date yet to be determined.