Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Today’s judicial scandal

It doesn’t get any worse than this. Yet this killer yob, instead of being banned from driving for life, will be allowed back on the roads in five years time, when he is 28 years old.

Needless to say, no politician from any of the three main parties has had any comments about this latest instance of driver violence and the indulgence of lethal and reckless handling of a machine cynically designed to break the speed limit.

A “DESPICABLE” hit and run driver who was travelling at twice the speed limit when he knocked down and killed a young mum-of-three has been jailed. Athif Faiz, 23, was at the wheel of a hired Vauxhall Astra when he hit Amanda Bailey, 33, in Leeds Road, Nelson.
His front seat passenger Mohammed Zaman, 19, and the backseat passengers Mohammed Rashid, 24 and Rafhan Sarwar 19, all fled from the scene, failed to get medical attention for the victim and left her to die from multiple injuries, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Judge Lunt said only Faiz knew how and why it was he did not see the victim on a well lit road and added if he had been doing 30 mph she might still be alive. To compound his criminal behaviour the defendant then drove away and didn't even pause to check if Amanda Bailey was alive or dead, she said.

She had started to cross the road and had reached the central white lines, when she was struck by the second of the two vehicles. Amanda was hit with such force that she sustained massive and multiple impact injuries from which she died a short time later. No marks suggestive of heavy braking were detected.

Mr Brennand said: “None of them called for an ambulance, none of them demonstrated any measure of humanity or compassion. Mr Brennand told the jury Amanda's mother Joan had described how she felt on auto pilot and unable to function after the tragedy and had to look after her daughters three children aged 13, three and 11 months.

Faiz was banned from driving for five years and must take an extended re-test.