A woman has admitted causing 'life-changing' injuries to an eight-year-old boy after she drove her car into a crowd of people during Eid celebrations sparking fears of a terror attack.
Mariam Kabah left the child brain-damaged and another man in a serious condition after she lost control of her red Nissan Juke and careered into a crowd at Westgate Road Sport Centre on June 25 - injuring seven people.
Amid the confusion there were fears that the collision might have been terrorist-related but there is no longer any suggestion of this.
The 42-year-old now faces a possible prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how the young victim, who was seven at the time of the incident, is still suffering from his injuries, and his taxi-driver father sustained a fractured ankle which affects his job.
The court heard how a PHD student also suffered life-changing injuries following the crash.
Judge Edward Bindloss said: "He was on a high dependency unit for two days.
"He suffered significant life changing injuries that have affected his life as a student and as a family man."
The judge postponed sentencing Kabah to give the victims the opportunity to attend.
Judge Bindloss added: "The complainants need to have the option to be in court for sentencing whether they want to or not.
"I order that this defendant be disqualified from driving in the interim and the length will be decided on sentencing.
"All options remain open including an immediate custodial sentence."
Kabah, of Meadow Lane, Gateshead, will be sentenced on January 22. In the meantime she has been granted unconditional bail.