Cancer nurse Abiola Akilla, 46, ran over PC Caroline Green after stopping her for speeding despite not having a driver’s license or insurance
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A cancer nurse without a license who ran over a police officer who gave her a speeding ticket has been arrested.
Abiola Akilla never passed a driving test and had no insurance when she backed up over PC Caroline Green on October 31, 2020 and drove away as she lay on the ground in agony.
The officer suffered five broken ribs and leg and arm injuries.
Akilla, who had her young daughter on her back, was pulled over for going 81mph in a 40mph zone and she told PC Green she was “in a hurry” before suddenly pulling away after her been informed that the review would take some time.
She returned when PC Green, a single mother of one child, checked the car’s registration and then “drove over” the officer when she tried to radio for help, the court heard.
A passing motorist then pulled over and used the downed officer’s radio to call for help and an ambulance was dispatched.
In addition to the serious injuries from the vile car attack, PC Green suffered from long-term PTSD.
PC Green has still not returned to the front lines and was only able to work from home again in December last year, 13 months after the crime.
Akilla has been jailed at Basildon Crown Court for 15 months, but in a statement PC Green said her sentence was “a very small price to pay” as the traffic officer faces a “life sentence” for suffering with her lingering injuries.
She said: “I’ve been through 17 months of hell, mentally and physically, and I’m still going through it — it’s like a life sentence for me.”
The court was told “she drove away and never looked back” after running over the helpless PC, who at the time was alone at the checkpoint.
Harrowing bodycam footage was shown to the judge as the vehicle drove over her body.
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Akila entered the dock crying but showed little reaction as the shocking film of her crime played.
When stopped, Akila lied and claimed that she was insured to drive the car, when in fact she had never taken an exam or held a valid driver’s license.
Prosecutors described how Akilla “threw the officer to the ground” and then accelerated, with both tires going over the officer’s body and narrowly missing to go over her head.
“The officer screamed, she was in severe pain as the driver pulled away while she was lying on the road.”
The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to harm PC Green and seriously injuring her through dangerous driving and driving without qualifications and without insurance.
PC Green described the horrific incident afterwards: “I saw a car coming over the hill and going over the speed limit and it wouldn’t slow down.
“I got a reading and stopped her and she told me the vehicle is not hers and she doesn’t have a driver’s license with her at the moment.
“I went to the front of the vehicle to take the license plate and suddenly she pulled back onto the road.
“I walked back onto the street in front of her car and told her to come into the parking bay. When I radioed someone for help, she ran over me.
“Her front wheel went over my ankle, then she rode up my leg. I was in so much pain I thought she broke my leg.
“I fell back and hit my head on the concrete and she went over my ribs and right shoulder.
“I had a crushing feeling all over my body and screamed in pain. She was so close to my head, and between the first and second wheels rolling over me, I managed to get into a fetal position. Then the rear wheel went around my legs, pelvis and stomach.”
She added: “I had sleepless nights, I was already having mental health issues with what had happened, but then every day I got headaches and I thought about going to court.
“Every day since that incident I have recovered in some form. The effects for them are short-lived, while for me they could be forever.
“Career-wise, I don’t know where I fit in now. I want to stay in the police force, I don’t want to be ill in retirement as I’m only 14 years into my career. But I always wanted to work on the front lines in uniform and I can’t do that anymore.”
On her first court appearance, Akila pleaded not guilty and said she would pursue a defense based on a “robotic” intellectual disability where she has no memory of what she did.
Judge Samantha Leigh wasted little time in reaching her verdict that the sentence would have been four years, but when she admitted the charges she was beaten at 30 months.
In addition, she received an 87-month driving ban.
Akilla’s defense described her actions as a “moment of insanity,” adding, “This goes against the way she lived her life, against her compassion.
“It’s completely out of character and spontaneous in relation to that decision of the day. It’s inexplicable.”
Essex Police Federation Chairwoman Laura Heggie said she felt Akilla got off lightly.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/policewoman-left-screaming-pain-nurse-26643408 The officer left "screaming in pain" when the nurse ran her over to avoid the ticket