Two boy Racers sentenced after Crash which led to a Passenger life

Two street racers have been jailed for a total of more than nine-and-a-half years after one of the cars collided with a tree, killing a passenger.

Two men from Bradford were jailed on Monday, January 14, 2019, at Bradford Crown Court for a total of nine years and 10 months for a crash which caused the death of a passenger as a result of dangerous driving.

It was heard that the two men met up to race each other in Bingley on February 26, 2017.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp told the court how Haaris Khan, aged 26, of Frizinghall, met his friend, also named Haaris Khan, aged 25, of Girlington, at the junction of Toller Lane and Duckworth Lane at 4 am that day, before setting off towards Bingley to race.

Khan was driving an Audi RS4 and the other driver was in his brother’s Volkswagen Golf. The pair travelled in convoy close together towards town driving at speed and jockeying for position.

Law graduate Shamas Fakeer, aged 22, was a passenger in the Audi, which reached speeds of 75mph before Khan lost control of the car.

The vehicle spun off the road and collided with a tree. Mr Fakeer was thrown from the car, killing him.

A witness spotted the racing and stated the Audi had been on the wrong side of the road shortly before the crash.

The Audi driver was taken to hospital for a minor head injury before being arrested. The 25-year-old Khan parked the Golf at the crash scene and walked home with his passengers, texting his brother Aamir:

On February 27, 2017, Khan told police that Aamir had been driving the car and he had nothing to do with the crash.

Initially, Haaris and Aamir Khan went on trial, however, Haaris admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice and the case against Aamir was dropped.

The Audi driver pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

The Golf driver was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving. He was also found guilty of causing death while driving without a licence and while uninsured.

Andrew Dallas, defending the Audi driving Khan, said he had shown “genuine and heartfelt remorse” at being responsible.

Mr Dallas told the court he is “struggling to cope with the guilt and shame of what he had done”, and “did not deny the driving was competitive.”

He said: “He has suffered a severe psychiatric reaction to this incident.

“He was vulnerable before this, with a history of depression, and it has been disabling for him since.

“He has a good record. This is not a boy racer show off at all, he was acting out of character.

“He said Shamas Fakeer was his best friend, and this is something he will have to live with for the rest of his life.”

The court was told that the driver of the Golf was on prescription anti-depressants and struggled to sleep. He also accepted he “contributed significantly to the death.”

In a victim impact statement, Shamas’ sister Rehana Ikram said:

“Seeing my old parents visit my baby brother every day is unbearable.

“I hope no-one ever has to go through this. Shamas is missed every single day and we will never over the loss of him.

“Every moment spent with him will be cherished, words cannot explain our pain enough.”

Judge David Hatton QC Said: “You made a decision to embark upon competitive driving or racing.

“I accept not all the driving during the journey was dangerous, but you travelled at excessive speed. At one stage the Golf was caught on a speed camera going 61mph, and both cars were seen travelling side by side at 75mph.

“It was then on a stretch of straight road the Audi driver lost control due to your speed. The car rotated across the opposite carriageway and struck a tree and the passenger was killed.

“You both agreed to take part in this, it was not spontaneous. It was a deliberate and prolonged case of bad driving.

“You created a substantial risk of danger, and deliberately ignored the rules of the road.”

Audi driver Haaris Khan was jailed for four years and four months. He was also banned from driving for seven years and two months.

Golf driver Haaris Khan was jailed for five and a half years. He also received six months each for causing death by driving without a licence and causing death while uninsured, and three months for perverting the course of justice, all to be served concurrently. Khan was also banned from driving for seven years and eight months.

Fire obsessed teenager sentanced to four-years after starting £500,000 mill blaze

A fire-obsessed teenager who started a devastating £500,000 blaze at a converted Bradford mill has been labelled a public danger and locked up for four years.

Eighty firefighters with 15 fire engines battled the flames at the building on Rebecca Street on December 19, 2017, after Hamza Nadeem, 19, lit tyres stored in the basement.

Nadeem, who was living in a hostel on Coates Avenue, off Manchester Road, Bradford, was convicted of arson after a trial at Bradford Crown Court last June.

He was brought from custody to be sentenced for starting the blaze in a grudge attack on YA & Co solicitors, one of a number of firms housed in the historic mill, reports Telegraph and Argus.

Nadeem, who has cognitive impairment, refused to identity himself to the court clerk and sat hunched in the dock with his head tucked down throughout the hearing.

Prosecutor Glenn Parsons said Nadeem had “a real or imagined grievance” against the solicitors and told his support worker at the hostel he was going to burn down the building.

The support worker contacted the police when he read about the massive mill blaze.

The court heard that Nadeem had a fascination with fire from when he was a young child.

Footage on his phone showed him running towards, and standing near to, large fires.

He was believed to have started the mill fire by lighting the tyres in the basement with a naked flame.

Nadeem’s barrister, Simeon Evans, said his mental health problems were diagnosed when he was seven, but appointments were not attended and he was taken to Pakistan for lengthy periods of time.

He had no previous convictions and had caused no problems at the hostel but his childlike view of the world led him to talk about witches and aliens.

He had struggled during the year he had already been in custody, playing with toy cars and spending most of the time in his cell.

Mr Evans said that although Nadeem was very interested in fire, there was no evidence that he had started any of the fires filmed on his phone.

He had not been diagnosed as a pyromaniac and seemed more interested in the fire engines that responded to blazes.

The trial judge, Recorder Simon Eckersley, said Nadeem had deliberately targeted the converted mill because of his perceived issue with the solicitors based there.

“This was premeditated, deliberately planned and conceived,” he said.

Cost to repair the building was £500,000 but that did not include financial damage to the businesses housed there.

Nadeem was only 18 at the time, immature and with no previous convictions.

But, the judge told him: “You have a history of fascination with fire.”

In 2007, his mother had raised concerns about the obsession.

Nadeem claimed to have set fire to a tractor and to a transforming unit while in Pakistan.

He filmed fire and got excitement and enjoyment from witnessing blazes and their aftermaths.

“I am satisfied on all the evidence that you present a significant risk of causing serious harm to the public by the commission of offences of arson,” the judge said.

Nadeem was sentenced to four years in a young offender institution, with a four-year extended licence period.

He will serve at least two thirds of the custodial element of the sentence behind bars.

Recorder Eckersley said that if a Hospital Order was needed for Nadeem in the future, he would be transferred to hospital from prison.

Haaris Khan guilty in Bradford Road, Bingley, crash

A MAN caught on camera doing 75mph seconds before a fatal crash has been convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.

Haaris Khan, 25, was at the wheel of a VW Golf that was driving fast and close to a high-powered Audi RS4 on Bradford Road, Bingley, at 4am on February 26, 2017.

Moments later, the driver of the Audi lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a tree, killing his passenger, 22-year-old law graduate Shamas Fakeer.

Khan, of West Park Road, Girlington, Bradford, was this afternoon found guilty of causing Mr Fakeer’s death by dangerous driving and causing death while uninsured and unlicensed.

He pleaded guilty part-way through the trial to attempting to pervert the course of justice by giving false information to the police after the crash.

He will be sentenced on January 14, along with the driver of the Audi, also named Haaris Khan. Aged 26 and from Park Grove, Frizinghall, Bradford, he pleaded guilty in October to causing Mr Fakeer’s death by dangerous driving.

During the trial, the court heard that the Golf and the Audi were driving competitively from Bradford to Bingley.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said the cars reached speeds of more than 70 miles per hour in 30mph and 40mph zones, reports Telegraph and Argus.

Mr Sharp said: “The cars were captured on various CCTV cameras, speed cameras and ANPR cameras along the route.

“A speed camera caught Haaris Khan driving at 61mph on the wrong side of the road.

“They were then caught on CCTV in Cottingley travelling at 75mph shortly before the Audi driver lost control and crashed.

“Haaris Khan pulled up in the road and went over to the wrecked car.

“He did not call for an ambulance or the police. He left the Golf at the scene and he went home.”

Mr Sharp continued: “He knew full well there had been a serious crash and that someone had been seriously injured, and he also knew he was at least partly responsible for the accident and death.

“Why else would he leave the car at the scene and just go home, not calling the emergency services?”

After Khan was convicted, Mr Sharp said a pre-sentence report prepared for the Haaris Khan who was driving the Audi stated that he was not racing.

He accepted that he “put his foot down” on the way to Bingley but not that his driving was competitive.

Judge David Hatton QC said there might have to be a hearing before the sentencing date to decide on the facts.

“If that is his contention, then I alone will have to try that issue,” he said.

Judge Hatton renewed Khan’s bail with a condition of residence.

An interim driving disqualification was imposed with immediate effect.

My Story: A second wife might be a solution to my problems

I have been married for 8 years and I am in what my wife calls a ‘happy marriage.’

We don’t argue or have heated discussions. We have routine intimate relations every week. It is boring.

I thought I was doing the right thing  by marrying a plain looking woman.

Good looking woman are arrogant and high maintenance.

I wanted to marry someone whose personality made up for her looks.

Maybe I was going through a phase at the time.

Eveyone thinks my wife is so lucky that someone as good looking as me married her.

None of that really matters. But I need more from life.

I need passion. I need excitement.

I have had two affairs, but they only lasted 6 months each. Neither of those women were exciting enough for me.

It’s only a matter of time before I move onto the next.

Sometimes I wish my wife had found out, just to see a more alive side to her.

I think a second marriage may be the solution for me.

I will tell my wife that when I find the right person.

My wife will always come first for me. The second wife will have to accept that.

This is what will make me happy and let me feel I can finally settle down.

This story originally appeared in the My story section of Asian Image.

My Story series features letters and posts from readers which they wish to share with others. To be included here please e-mail: news@asianimage.co.uk. Posts will remain anonymous.

Homes worth £1.7million seized after gang sentanced to 50 years

Six properties – worth a whopping £1.7million – have been seized from an organised criminal empire who supplied cocaine across the Birmingham and the West Midlands reports Manchester Evening News.

The 15-strong gang, which was led by the three Saeed brothers from Wolverhampton – Abdul, Mohammed and Shabaz – was jailed for a total of more than 50 years at Stafford Crown Court on December 18 and 19.

The court heard that police seized cocaine with a street value of more than £200,000, £40,000 in cash and 132 mobile phones during the course of the investigation, which began in 2013, when warrants were executed.

Following the successful conviction, The National Crime Agency used proceeds of crime powers to seize properties from Birmingham and the Black Country from associates of the organised crime group at the High Court in London on Monday, January 14.

Property linked to Sukhjinder Kaur, 35, of Rugeley, and her brother-in-law Jasvir Singh, 45, also known as Lashman Chatha, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The NCA alleged that Kaur laundered the proceeds of the crime group’s drug trafficking activities through purchasing property and was also engaged in mortgage fraud.

This enabled her to amass a property portfolio worth over £2million between 2010 and 2013, acquired in her own name and that of her company Lashman Estates Limited.

The NCA claimed that the acquisitions were made at the direct control of her brother-in-law Singh.

Three of these properties had been specifically utilised by the Saeed crime group, including one found to have an extensive underground cannabis factory.

The respondents denied any involvement in unlawful conduct but they ultimately failed to provide any evidence or consistent account to demonstrate that the properties were funded from legitimate sources.

Based on the strength of the NCA’s case against them, and in an attempt to avoid a lengthy trial, the respondents reached a settlement agreement resulting in the recovery by consent of six properties with an approximate net value of £1.7 million.  

The NCA have been assisted by the West Midlands RART, who made the original referral, and by Staffordshire Police.

Andy Lewis, the NCA’s head of asset denial, Civil Recovery and Tax Investigations, said: “The powers that the National Crime Agency has under the Proceeds of Crime Act to seize property and other assets that we can show are linked to criminality often go under the radar.

“Our message today though is simple. We will utilise all the powers we have to relentlessly pursue those associated with criminality and in doing so will take away the very assets that criminal activity funds.

“While Staffordshire Police were able to prosecute and convict those involved directly in the drug dealing, we have taken action against key associates suspected of links to that network.”

The below were sentenced for conspiracy to supply cocaine:

Abdul Saeed, 38, of no fixed address, sentenced to six years two months

Mohammed Saeed, 43, of Summerfield Road, Wolverhampton, sentenced to six years, four months (already served five years, six months)

Shabaz Saeed, 46, of Napier Road, Wolverhampton, sentenced to nine years, three months

Sonny Barham, 30, of Weston Drive, Walsall, sentenced to two years, six months

Sandy McInnes, 33, of Pye Green Road, Cannock, sentenced to seven years, two months

Stephen Coldrick, 62, of Evans Street, Wolverhampton, sentenced to seven years

Richard Smallman, 31, of Beau Court, Hednesford Road, Cannock, sentenced to four years, nine months

Martin Lloyd, 27, of Canford Place, Cannock, sentenced to one year 10 months (already served three years).

Craig Hartshorne, 31, of Newhall Gardens, Cannock Road, Cannock, sentenced to one year 10 months (already served four years).

Emily Adams, 26, of Pye Green Road, Cannock, sentenced to three years, four months.

Charlotte Adams, 29, of Cannock, sentenced to 20 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

Tina Hall-McInnes, 36, of Brooklands Road, Cannock, sentenced to 20 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

Kylie McGowan, 33, of no fixed address, sentenced to 18 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

Benjamin Brown, 34, of Wolverhampton Road, Cannock, and Nathan Davis, 28, of Bradbury Lane, Hednesford, will be sentenced in March after entering guilty pleas.

Shane Girvan, 32, of Rigby Drive, Cannock, and Robert Jones, 26, of Buttermere Close, Cannock, were each given 40 hours community service for possession of cocaine.