Thief who ran over officer in hijacked police car jailed

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A car thief who shattered a police officer’s pelvis when he ran him over in a hijacked police car has been sentenced to 12 years behind bars.

Mubashar Hussain, 29, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to PC Gareth Phillips with attempt to resist arrest, as well as 11 other offences at Birmingham Crown Court.

The court was shown body-cam and helicopter footage that showed the defendant being tasered at the wheel of a stolen Range Rover before hijacking a police BMW and knocking down the officer.

PC Phillips, who has served for West Midlands Police for almost two decades, suffered multiple pelvic fractures and serious internal injuries.

His force said he underwent three rounds of emergency surgery, with the first operation being described as “life-saving”, and spent four weeks in hospital.

PC Gareth Phillips suffered multiple injuries

Hussain also almost reversed over the head of another officer before he drove off at 97mph.

He was later arrested by armed police after abandoning the vehicle and heading into a dessert shop, where he disguised himself in an apron and then punched a chasing officer.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said the incident on August 10 was “extremely shocking and frightening” for all of the officers involved.

Sentencing Hussain, who has four previous convictions involving dangerous driving, Judge Mark Wall QC said: “You are a habitual dangerous driver. The level of your offending is increasing and not diminishing.”

He said the defendant will serve at least two-thirds of the sentence and be required to spend an extended five-year period on licence following his eventual release.

Hussain faced trial alongside 24-year-old accomplice Ahsan Ghafoor, who threw a brick towards a police car.

Ghafoor was jailed for 28 months after admitting two counts of car theft and three other offences including dangerous driving.

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