Two men convicted of killing Indian-origin children in UK road crash
Updated: Sep 19th, 2023
Updated on Sept 19, 12.25 p.m.
Two men have been convicted by a UK court over a tragic road collision, which claimed the lives of two Indian-origin brothers, aged 23 months and 10 years, in 2019.
Mohammed Sullaiman Khan, 27, from Edgbaston admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and one count of causing serious injury during a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court last week.
Mohammed Asim Khan, 35, from Birmingham was found guilty of perverting the course of justice for lying to police in connection with the case.
Sullaiman also admitted perverting the course of justice. The two will be sentenced at a later date.
A UK court began hearing the case of two Indian-origin brothers, aged one and 10 years, who were killed when men involved in high-speed racing along a busy road careered into their family's car in 2019.
Sanjay Singh and his infant brother Pawanveer died on the spot on Mar 14, 2019, when the BMW driven by their mother was struck by a speeding Audi S3 whose driver then fled the scene.
Police arrested Mohammed Sullaiman Khan and Hamza Shahid, 36, who were allegedly involved in a 'spontaneous race' before Khan's Audi A3 smashed into the BMW, local media reported.
“It was the blue Audi that collided with the mother's car. We say that the drivers of both cars are responsible,” prosecutor Robert Price, opening the case at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier this week, said.
Mother Arathi Nahar, who was behind the wheels, told the court that she had 'no chance' of avoiding the deadly collision as her car was 'propelled' onto the pavement and hurtled into metal railings.
The accused were racing ‘bumper to bumper’
Witnesses described spotting two men dangerously racing 'bumper to bumper' moments before the impact, with one describing the pair as driving 'erratically like lunatics', stated the reports.
The court heard that Nahar was travelling back home with elder son Sanjay in the front passenger seat and younger son— due to celebrate his second birthday just nine days before he died— sitting at the back of the white BMW.
“It was an act of sheer madness,” Nahar, who was seriously injured in the crash, told the court.
A police investigation later established the Audi was racing at 92 mph and Shahid's Bentley at 72 mph just 110 m away, right before the crash.
The accused had fled the scene
Mohammed Sullaiman Khan is said to have fled the scene ‘quickly’ after the collision.
“He did not stay around to see how the passengers in the car were. He did not call for any emergency assistance for them. His priority was himself and his pressing need to get away from that scene and avoid responsibility for what he had done,” prosecutor Price told the court.
The ‘false report’ to pervert the course of justice
To pervert the course of justice, jurors heard how a 'false report' was made to police, suggesting a burglar who had stolen the Audi was to blame for the crash.
Shahid denied two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The court heard that Khan previously admitted the same charges but denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Three others, who were also arrested in connection with the case, also denied conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
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