Leeds hit-and-run driver jailed for 22 months

Mohammed Khalil Anwar

Mohammed Khalil Anwar

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A hit-and-run driver who knocked down two children in Leeds was today jailed for 22 months.

Mohammed Khalil Anwar drove off after he struck Sabah Saleem, 10, and her brother Rayhan, two, on Brudenell Road, in Hyde Park, in August last year.

The pair were knocked down in the road just yards from their home after they had been to the shop with their cousin to buy vegetables for the family’s Eid celebrations.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Anwar later took the car which belonged to his brother-in-law Raja Khan to an address on the other side of the city where he hid it under a tarpaulin.

Sentencing Anwar at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Penelope Belcher said from CCTV footage it was estimated he had been driving at nearly 35mph shortly before the collision in a busy residential area which had a 20mph limit.

She told Anwar had he been doing the correct 20mph he would have been further back and the collision would never have occurred.

She said: “It follows the serious injuries suffered by these children is a result of your driving.”

Anwar, 37, of Brudenell Mount, Hyde Park, was found guilty by a jury of dangerous driving and jailed for 12 months.

He admitted failing to stop and failing to report an accident and doing acts intending to pervert the course of justice for which he received 10 months to run consecutively.

He was disqualified from driving for 18 months and ordered to take an extended test.

His brother Mohammed Jamil Anwar, 43 also of Brudenell Mount, was jailed for 10 months.

He admitted doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice by driving his brother home after he left the car in Gipton.

Khan, 40 of Butcher Hill, West Park, Leeds, was jailed for 23 weeks for doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice.

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