A Sikh driver who killed his Muslim friend after driving under the influence of drink and drugs has converted to Islam to atone for the death.
Gurvinder Mudhar drank vodka and energy drinks as well as smoking cannabis for two hours before losing control of his car and killing Zeigum Mohammed in April last year.
Before he lost control Mudhar had been swerving in and out of traffic and undertaking other cars. He was on the road despite not having a driving licence or insurance, according to Court News UK.
Neither of the men had been wearing a seatbelt and they were both found by police after the crash whilst on a patrol in Essex. They were rushed to hospital but Mohammed later died.
During Mudhar's court case the prosecution said the car was travelling at at least 63mph on a road which had a 50mph speed limit, but he did slow down for bends in the road.
Paul Cavin said: "There’s no obvious reason why a driver would lose control of a vehicle on this road at 63mph and there are no road marks to suggest that braking occurred."
But Mudhar's defence claimed he over-steered the wheel when going around a sharp bend, which caused the crash.
The driver admitted to causing death while uninsured, causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while disqualified from driving.
Mudhar has been given a sentence of four years and 10 months in prison due to the incident.