Jail for uninsured driver who killed pensioner on scooter

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A uninsured driver who was “showing off” in a friend’s high-powered car when he ploughed into a 70-year-old man on a mobility scooter has been jailed for four years.

Najeeb Hussain, who had received his third driving ban just three months before the fatal collision, was driving at around 60mph on Leeds Road in Bradford when the Seat Leon Cupra smashed into great-grandfather Michael McDermott’s scooter.

Dublin-born Mr McDermott, who had lived in Halifax and Bradford over the last 30 years, suffered fatal injuries in the lunchtime crash in February which was captured on CCTV footage.

Members of his family were at Bradford Crown Court on Friday as 23-year-old Hussain, of Addison Avenue, Bradford Moor, was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving.

The CCTV footage showed Hussain getting out of the car and looking at the aftermath before walking off down the road.

Although he had a mobile phone with him he made no attempt to contact the emergency services and he later ran off before spending three days hiding at the home of a friend.

Hussain eventually handed himself in to police but initially claimed that he had only been doing 40mph and Mr McDermott had ridden out in front of him.

Judge Jonathan Rose said his behaviour after the collision had been “reprehensible”.

In a statement to the court, Mr McDermott’s sister Margaret Connor said the family were “tormented” with thoughts about how he died and she was sickened by the fact that people had put images of the crash scene on the internet.

Sentencing, Judge Rose conceded that it was not an adequate term to reflect the life of Mr McDermott or the hurt caused by Hussain, but said he was bound by sentencing guidelines and had to reflect Hussain’s guilty plea.

Judge Rose banned Hussain from driving for four years and ordered him to take an extended re-test at the end of his disqualification.