Death crash passenger jailed

A TEENAGER who encouraged a driver to scare a group of youths with his car, leading to the death of an 18-year-old Sheffield student, has been locked up for almost two years.

Abdulla Awil Mohammed, of Burngreave, died of head injuries when a car careered into him and fellow young Somalis in Coleridge Road, Darnall, in March.

The civil engineering student was hit on the head and killed by a road sign which toppled over when the Kia Picanto, driven by Aminur Rahman, 20, mounted the pavement.

Sheffield Crown Court heard rear seat passenger Nizamul Hoque, aged 19, of Willow Drive, Darnall, had encouraged Rahman to scare the group and accompanied him on drives around the area to look for young Somalis.

Judge Mr Justice Treacy sentenced Hoque to 22 months in a young offenders’ institute. He told him: “You were part of an unlawful plan which you realised may well have involved the use of the car, and which a moment’s reflection would show carried a risk of serious injury to others.”

Last week Rahman, of Jubilee Road, Darnall, was jailed for eight years for the manslaughter of Abdulla.

On the day of the tragedy, groups of Somalis from Burngreave and Pitsmoor travelled to Darnall to seek out a Bengali teenager who had been involved in fights.

Disorder broke out on Nidd Road East when Somalis tried to force their way inside a house where a Bengali family was mourning the death of their elderly grandfather, angering Hoque and his friends, the court heard.

James Curtis QC, defending, said Hoque was remorseful, and was the first person to call 999 after the crash. He described Hoque as a ‘frightened boy’, adding: “He is the bit-part player.”

Hoque admitted violent disorder.