Stepson speaks of vehicle horror

A Norfolk boatbuilder told yesterday how he feared for the lives of his wife and baby son as his stepfather tried repeatedly to mow him down.Stefan Crisp, 29, of Burlingham Road, South Walsham, relived his ordeal in a country lane the day after Ian Pryke, 56, was jailed for his actions at Norwich Crown Court.

A Norfolk boatbuilder told yesterday how he feared for the lives of his wife and baby son as his stepfather tried repeatedly to mow him down.

Stefan Crisp, 29, of Burlingham Road, South Walsham, relived his ordeal in a country lane the day after Ian Pryke, 56, was jailed for his actions at Norwich Crown Court.

He recalled that he had been knocked into a hedge and then seen his mother disappear under the wheels of the Jeep Cherokee as it advanced again. And he said his greatest fear had been for his wife Kerry and their four-month-old son George, who was in a pushchair.

Mr Crisp said he had decided to speak out to highlight the enormous impact the episode had had on his family life. He and his wife no longer felt happy living in the village and were planning to start afresh elsewhere.


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He said: “Our side, and the full events, never came out in court. He used the car as a weapon on that day, and I wish the sentence had been longer than 21 months. He was on remand for four months, so is likely to be out later this year.

“And he only got banned from driving for 12 months - less than many drink-drivers.”

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Mr Crisp, who trained at the International Boatbuilding Training College at Lowestoft and has worked most recently on the wherry Albion, said his family's life had been on hold for 18 months. And he criticised Pryke's delay in pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, attempting to cause grievous bodily harm and dangerous driving.

“Every time the case came to court we were unable to sleep the night before,” he said.

Mr Crisp said he had fallen out with his stepfather years ago and now had no feelings for his mother after her decision, highlighted in court, to stand by her husband. Rachel Pryke suffered serious injuries after being knocked down by the vehicle.

“I don't understand how she could forgive him: he could have run over the pushchair,” he said.

Mr Crisp said Pryke had been jealous of his once close relationship with his mother and his increasingly confrontational behaviour meant he had not seen him for two years before that day in August 2008.

He recalled that he had been out on a walk in the village with Kerry and George looking for possible moorings for his boat and by chance came across his mother, who kept horses in Wymers Lane, South Walsham.

He said: “We went over and started talking to her, unaware Ian was in the field. When he came charging across we went to leave.

“We were going up the hill when we heard the revving of an engine and my mum screaming. He came out [of] the field and round the corner and ran into me. The bonnet hit me and I was pushed into a hedge.”

Mr Crisp said he had then jumped over the front of the Jeep and hit Pryke through the window, causing him to reverse. He said: “I told Kerry to run up the hill. Meanwhile, Mum stood in front of me and shouted 'No, Ian!' as he revved the engine and jolted forward again.

“I jumped out of the way and she disappeared under the Jeep. He then reversed but was still shouting stuff at me.”

Mr Crisp said Pryke drove at him twice more while his wife dashed to a nearby house to dial 999.

An ambulance arrived quickly for Mrs Pryke, and her husband was arrested by police.

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