Naseeb Ellahi held his head in his hands, sobbed and rocked in his chair in court as he came face to face with the friends and relatives of the teenage girl he killed in a hit-and-run.
The 34-year-old stared at the floor throughout yesterday’s court hearing and wept as the full extent of his actions on the night he killed 14-year-old Jasmyn were aired in public for the first time.
It emerged the killer driver held a licence in 2001 before losing it within one year for a string of motoring offences.
After hitting Jasmyn and her friend Tia he sped off from the scene of the collision in his Honda Civic and his car has never been seen since.
He told detectives he left it on a Sheffield street unlocked and with the keys still in the ignition.
Ellahi then fled to Birmingham, where his mother lives, and handed himself in five days after the collision.
Jasmyn’s aunt Helen Betts, in a statement read out at court, said: “Jasmyn showed nothing but heroism and bravery on the night of the accident.
“The man who caused her death showed nothing but cowardice and self regard.”
During a police interview, Ellahi said: “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m really, really sorry from the bottom of my heart. Tell the family I’m really sorry.”
He told police officers that he had ‘panicked’ and ‘never meant to hit’ Jasmyn.