"his young son was in the car and could have been seriously injured"
Imam Yusuf, aged 32, of Bolton, was jailed for two years after he drove his car at his cousin who had an affair with his wife.
Bolton Crown Court heard he left Mohammed Jawfardeen with a broken leg after driving his Audi at his second cousin as he was getting out of his own car alongside his wife and son.
Wayne Jackson, prosecuting, said that the affair had lasted several months and had come to light in September 2018.
A family meeting was called at Yusuf’s uncle’s home in Blackburn where he was said to be “incensed”. This led to Yusuf making threats of violence towards Mr Jawfardeen.
On May 8, 2019, Mr Jawfardeen travelled to Bolton with his wife and 17-month-old son to celebrate Ramadan with other family members.
Shortly after midnight, Mr Jawfardeen was parking his car when he saw Yusuf driving towards his car.
He moved against his vehicle to allow the car to pass when Yusuf swerved towards him, hitting his car and accelerating.
Mr Jawfardeen was unable to get out of the way and was struck below the right knee and thrown into the road. He was in “agonising pain” and it was found to be a broken leg.
His car spun 180 degrees after the collision and mounted the pavement.
Mr Jackson said: “He was fearing for his life and was sickened that his young son was in the car and could have been seriously injured or killed.”
Yusuf had a previous conviction for GBH in 2010 in which his victim suffered a fractured eye socket and cheekbone.
Yusuf denied purposely trying to injure his cousin, claiming it was a coincidence the two had met and he had only intended to frighten him.
He later pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Colin Buckle, defending, said: “The defendant and his wife are now separated but she is supportive and knows he is going through this situation.
“He is not a boy racer showing off and this was a situation of high emotion set against the betrayal of his wife and a close friend.
“He regretted it immediately and the animosity that was there has now been put to bed after the two families jointly decided this was a matter that won’t be spoken of again and they will try and move on.”
Judge Graeme Smith told Yusuf:
“This was an impulsive and rash decision based on slights to you and your family.”
“You say you are very sorry for what happened but you chose to dispute any liability whatsoever right up to the day of trial.
“You maintained you did not know it was Mr Jawfardeen and that it was a pure accident – you must have known both those things were untrue and a remarkable coincidence which a jury might have struggled to accept.”
Yusuf was jailed for two years. He was also banned from driving for three years.