A female Royal Navy officer was deliberately mown down by a smirking sex offender on his bicycle after a long-running row over him living in his caravan on her property.
Hayley Shakeshaft, 36, was left on the ground in agony with a broken wrist when Kirk Eden ran her over, as a lengthy dispute between the pair came to a head.
Eden, described as a ‘champion cyclist’, was staying in a caravan on the grounds of the property in Heswall, Merseyside, where Miss Shakeshaft lives with her daughter, but there had long been an issue about whether the defendant had a right to live there.
When tempers flared over the bins, Eden, 47, used his bike ‘as a weapon’ and deliberately injured Miss Shakeshaft, who has been left psychologically traumatised by the attack, with her career prospects devastated.
She was also so depressed she even contemplated suicide, Liverpool Crown Court was told.
Miss Shakeshaft, who sat in the public gallery wiping away tears, explained in her statements that the incident had ‘had a massive impact on my home life, work life, finance and physical and mental health.’
She said: ‘The injuries to my right wrist meant I was not able to join my new ship HMS Tamar and have been medically downgraded by the Royal Navy and signed off sick.’
She explained she is now on restricted duties, including fire fighting, and is permanently medically downgraded and cannot perform her full naval role which has affected her career progression.
Yesterday, Judge David Aubrey, QC, jailed Eden for two years and three months after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.
The court heard Eden has 27 previous convictions for 84 offences including threats to kill, assault, harassment, seven sex offences, 25 theft and fraud and breaching court orders.
Kirk Eden (pictured) was jailed for two years and three months after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm
‘While you have been described as a champion cyclist, on 16 January 2020 you chose – no doubt on impulse and in part because of the background to this case and issues between you and your victim – you chose to use your beloved cycle as a weapon,’ the judge said.
‘You deliberately rode your bicycle coming round a corner at speed and rode into Miss Shakeshaft causing her to fall to the ground with some force.
‘She placed her hand out to break the fall and as a result of the offence and that which you had done she received a fractured scaphoid bone and bruising to her shoulder, hip and thigh.
‘While she was in pain she noted that you were smirking at her before riding off.’
The judge said that her hand was in plaster for five weeks and she had to wear a splint for two months and even now feels a dull ache when the weather is cold.
His actions had resulted in hardship to her and she has also suffered a loss of earnings, the court was told.
Judge Aubrey added: ‘Whatever the background, it cannot justify, excuse or hardly explain the conduct.’
At a previous hearing Miss Shakeshaft, a mother-of-one read out her two ‘powerful and poignant’ victim impact statements.
The judge said in the first one she described herself as having been ‘a strong independent woman. She now feels deflated and no longer recognises herself.’
Brian Treadwell, prosecuting, said: ‘There was a long standing issue about whether he had the right to occupy this private property and he took to social media and had hundreds of posts about this matter.’
Miss Shakeshaft often worked away and when she returned home on January 16 last year an issue arose between them about placing the bins. As it was not bin collection day she returned them to where they were supposed to be located.
Shortly afterwards he rode a bicycle around the corner at speed and deliberately rode at her striking her on the side and knocking her to the ground with force, he said.
In interview he denied the offence and asserted she blocked his path and his front wheel struck the bin. He gave no explanation as to how Miss Shakeshaft ended on the ground, said Mr Treadwell.
Hayley Shakeshaft (pictured) has been left psychologically traumatised by the attack, with her career prospects devastated
Miss Shakeshaft said her confidence had been knocked and she spiralled into depression and thinking they her daughter and family were better off without her. ‘I am not the strong independent person I once was and I don’t think I ever will be.’
She told how there have been civil proceedings in relation to the issue of him living in the grounds of her home.
Eden, from Little Neston, had pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm a week before his trial was due to take place in April.
Louise McCloskey, defending, said that the background was not relevant to what happened that day.
‘One of the most important factors that underpin his offending behaviour in the past has been his substance abuse have which lasted for almost 25 years.’
She said that his difficulties include ‘his entrenched views of females or people who cause him difficulties in the day to day life.’