A YOUNG driver who killed a Sheffield student in a car crash while trying to ‘intimidate and scare’ a group of youths has been locked up for eight years.
Aminur Rahman, aged 20, of Jubilee Road, Darnall, admitted the manslaughter of 18-year-old Abdulla Awil Mohammed, who died of head injuries when a car careered into him and fellow young Somalis in Coleridge Road, Darnall, last March. Abdulla was hit by a road sign that toppled over when Rahman’s car mounted the pavement.
Judge Mr Justice Treacy told Sheffield Crown Court the incident was a ‘shocking and deliberately hostile piece of driving’, adding: “What you did can only be described as sheer madness.”
The judge said: “Your use of the car was an act of violence, calculated to confront, threaten, scare and intimidate. You were using the car as a weapon.”
Abulla, a civil engineering student from Burngreave, was described as “a young man with much potential. That’s the real tragedy of this case – that a life of such potential has been snuffed out by such reckless stupidity.”
The court heard the incident happened against a background of tension between Somali and Bengali youths. David Myerson QC, prosecuting, said: “There had been trouble brewing for some weeks and there had been numerous fights taking place.”
Adrian Waterman QC, defending, said Rahman felt ‘genuine and profound’ remorse and that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone. His schoolteachers described him as a model student.
Rahman was sentenced to eight years in a young offenders’ institute and banned from driving for a decade. He will have to take an extended retest on his release.
Of the passengers, Nizamul Hoque, aged 19, is awaiting sentence after admitting violent disorder. Mohammed Kahar, 20, was acquitted by a jury of manslaughter, while charges against Muhibur Jahangir, 20, were dropped.
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