Man jailed for eight years after mowing down soldier

Man jailed for eight years after mowing down soldier

Hamza Ali Hussain was found guilty for "deliberately" mowing down a serving soldier on New Year's Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A motorist was jailed for eight years on Wednesday for leaving a serving soldier with life changing injuries after mowing him down in Leeds.

Hamza Ali Hussain, 23, was found guilty of deliberately driving “directly towards” Joshua Adams-Mitchell outside a night club on New Year’s Day.

The twenty-two-year-old father rolled over the top of the vehicle and was thrown 90ft across the road, leaving him with “severe" life-changing injuries including fractures to his eye socket, jaw and knee as well as a brain injury.

A victim statement written by Mr Adams-Mitchell, who has since suffered from PTSD, was read to the court by Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, and said: “This incident has had a massive impact on my life and my family.

"I'm worried when I go out and feel paranoid that something will happen to me, I just don't feel at ease.

"I could not get it out of my head that someone was coming for me.”

The court heard Hussain became "enraged" when one of his friends provided an account of an altercation inside the club in Leeds.

He drove away from the club before circling back and in the direction of a group of people, including the victim who stepped back into the road where "the defendant accelerated and drove directly towards him and struck him at speed".

Mitigating, Robin Frieze said his client was "desperately sorry" for his actions and that he bears Mr Adams-Mitchell "no ill will at all".

He added: "He's appalled by what he did in the heat of the moment.

"He wishes through me to express remorse and to make the point that he offers no excuse."

Judge Robin Mairs said: "There is no reason or justification for your actions that morning.

"You were enraged for some reason of your own, you were in some state of outrage.”

Hussain received an eight year sentence and a nine year disqualification from driving.

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