A THUG told his ex “I’m going to kill you now” and crashed his car moments after she rejected him, a court heard.
Chloe Wilson, 20, suffered a series of shocking injuries in the horror smash including a broken collarbone and a hairline fracture of her spine.
The young mum had turned down Liam Elsom’s advances moments before the crash on January 19 this year – two months after the pair had originally split.
He coerced her into getting into a white Vauxhall Corsa after threatening to beat up a male friend she had been on a night out with at Corporation bar in Sheffield, South Yorks.
‘YOU RUINED MY LIFE’
She immediately suspected Elsom, the father of her daughter, Aria, was drunk and repeatedly pleaded with him to stop the car and let her go.
Elsom’s anger escalated when Chloe refused to give their relationship another chance before smashing into a tree at around 60mph.
The young mum, from Mexborough, South Yorks., spent six days in hospital where she had several pins and a metal plate put in her collarbone.
He said ‘I’m going to kill you now’ and then bang, straight into a tree. He was drunk, he was angry, he was jealous.
Chloe, who had to teach herself to walk properly again, is now trying to rebuild her life but still undergoes counselling for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
She also has to wear a sling sometimes and will need physio and hydrotherapy for up to 18 months.
Elsom, 25, of Greasbrough near Rotherham, South Yorks., pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause serious harm, dangerous driving and common assault at an earlier hearing.
Chloe says he didn’t look at her once during a sentencing hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on June 17 which saw him jailed for ten years.
‘DRUNK, ANGRY, JEALOUS’
Speaking after the hearing, Chloe said: “I knew I needed to go and face him. I wanted to look him in the eye to be able to say you did do that to me, you ruined my life but I’m still here.
“I wanted him to know he had not won. It was so important to me to go to court because when Aria gets older she is going to have questions.
“I want her to know I did everything I needed to. He is in prison for a long time but he deserves it for what he did to me.
“He locked me in the car and he was cold. He was saying to me ‘are you going to get back with me?’.
He was going at stupid mile an hour and I put my seatbelt on and braced myself for what could happen
Chloe Wilson, 20
“He said ‘I’m going to kill you now’ and then bang, straight into a tree. He was drunk, he was angry, he was jealous.
“At the time, on that night, hand on heart, I knew he wanted to kill me. It was like ‘if I cannot have her, nobody else can’, I honestly think that’s how Liam looked at it.
“He nearly killed me, our daughter would have been without a mum and dad.
“Whenever I close my eyes, all I can see is Liam saying ‘I am going to kill you now’. I see his face everywhere. As soon as I hear a car brake now, I feel sick. I feel like I’m back in the car again.”
Chloe was besotted with Elsom after they met through work at a fast food restaurant in December 2016 and began dating a few months later in February 2017.
The pair moved in together and Chloe quickly fell pregnant before giving birth to their now 16-month-old daughter, Aria in February 2018.
Elsom was never physically violent towards Chloe during their two-year relationship, she said.
Chloe blames finding messages to other girls and Elsom’s constant drinking as the reasons why the pair eventually split in November 2018.
But they continued speaking on a daily basis and went for a daytime trip to York to see Santa with Aria just before Christmas last year.
Newly single, Chloe was invited out for drinks with a male friend in January this year.
But after walking to the bar to buy a drink, she was taken aback to find Elsom stood next to her.
“I did not expect him to be there. I walked on to the dancefloor and turned around and Liam was there shouting at my friend,” she said.
“He started punching my friend and laying into him. I got in between them and then he punched me which bust my lip.”
Chloe says she ran off in floods of tears, trying to find her friend. Liam threatened her to get in the car or he’d punch his face in, she told the court.
The terrified mum gave in to Elsom and got into his car to protect her own friend, which she instantly knew was a mistake after he took off at speed.
“He was going at stupid mile an hour and I put my seatbelt on and braced myself for what could happen,” she added.
‘I’M GOING TO KILL YOU NOW’
“We were flying round these roads but I kept saying I wanted to go home. I was screaming at him saying ‘please, stop the car, you are drunk’.
“He had gone round a bend and the tyres had come up in the air. He was saying to me ‘are you going to get back with me?’
“We were driving so fast and he then looked at me dead in the eye and said to me ‘I’m going to kill you now’. I felt sick.”
He was saying to me ‘are you going to get back with me?’ We were driving so fast and he then looked at me dead in the eye and said to me ‘I’m going to kill you now’. I felt sick.
Chloe fell in an out of consciousness and remembers seeing Elsom look back at her before slamming the car door shut.
“It all happened so quick. I could not breathe when I woke up, I felt like my chest was closing in,” she added.
Chloe told how she had to undo her own seatbelt before passing out in pain after Elsom got out and slammed the door.
She said she was the “luckiest person ever to survive”.
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Speaking after the sentencing, investigating officer Joanne Dixon said: “I am satisfied with the sentence handed to Elsom.
“His impulsive actions that night have had far-reaching consequences and have resulted in a long recovery period for the victim.
“Domestic abuse and violence will not and should not be tolerated. I hope now that Chloe can find some closure and concentrate on her recovery.”
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