A driver who mowed down a pedestrian as he reversed away from a group of teenagers in an Ilfracombe street confrontation has been banned from driving.

Liam Guy had just picked up his daughter and was fleeing from the fracas outside a seaside pub when he ran over a man who was stood in the street.

Guy was staying in Devon with his family when he got a call from his teenager asking to pick her up outside a pub in the centre of Ilfracombe where she had got into an argument with another girl.

He panicked when other teenagers surrounded his Ford Galaxy and reversed at speed without realising a man was standing behind him.

The pedestrian leapt into the air at the moment of impact but still suffered several broken ribs and a punctured lung. Guy drove off without calling the police or an ambulance.

Guy, aged 45, of Willowbank, Newton le Willow, near St Helens, denied dangerous driving but was found guilty by a jury at Exeter Crown Court.

He was jailed for 12 months, suspended for a year and banned from driving for a year, and ordered to pay £300 compensation and £600 costs by Judge David Evans.

He said: “[The victim] was there to be seen and a careful and competent driver would have seen him.

“You did not look behind you as you ought to have.”

The judge said he was suspending the sentence and keeping the disqualification to a minimum because Guy is the full time carer for his wife and both will suffer hardship from his inability to drive.

Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, said the incident happened outside the Sandpiper pub in Broad Street, Ilfracombe, on the night of October 17 last year.

The victim’s daughter was one of the group who had been in the pub with Guy’s daughter but he was standing away from them at the time of the accident.

He leapt in the air and tried to jump clear but was caught a glancing blow as he was partially thrown onto the car before falling off it onto the ground.

Guy told the jury he was acting out of duress and was trying to get his daughter away from the other teenagers, who were banging on his car.

Richard Crabb, defending, said Guy had never intended to hurt anyone and is genuinely sorry about the man’s injuries.

He said: “This was totally unplanned and he was trying to protect his daughter.

“He would not have been there otherwise.”