Strange background to death car ownership.
2 days ago
The death of Shazaib Hussein was a tragic incident that in fairness nobody could have foreseen. One family have lost a loving son who they have described as 'special' leaving them now with a sense of loss and infinite pain. The two young men responsible for the tragedy have lost their liberty for substantial periods of time, at a stage in their lives when they should be building the foundations of their futures, not shackling themselves to the burden of major criminal convictions. Indeed as Defence Counsel noted, 20 -year-old, Henry Barker from Failsworth, his visibly pregnant girlfriend present in court, would miss not only being present at the baby's birth, but the first few years of the child's life, when pleading mitigation for his client. Of course Shazaib Hussein has been forever denied that experience. So what were the circumstances that brought the fate of these three individuals together on that evening last February During his lengthy deliberations in sentencing, much of the evidence and background to the investigation was re-visited and there were some strange revelations especially about the car involved in the accident. It was stated that the car a Mercedes A Class had been originally hired from Euro Cars on February 28th by a man named in court as Mohamed Khan and the named insured driver was another man, named in court as Mohamed Rahman, known also to Aaron Ward as 'Gino'. Ward of Hattersley, had an arrangement with 'Gino' over a 2 to 3 month period whereby he would collect the key for hired cars from Gino's house and use them through the day. They came to this arrangement in order that the other men could 'spread the costs' of hiring the cars between them. Ward who at the time of the accident was himself disqualified from driving, would invariably get other people to drive the car stating that he would always reassure himself that people driving the car were insured. Ward was said to have been told by Barker that he was insured to drive. In his defence his Counsel did state that he had his own car and was fully insured. Barker may have thought that he was insured to drive other vehicles but it is the responsibility of any insured individual to check the terms of their policy, to ensure whether or not they can drive other vehicles other than those named on their own policy. Clearly Barker was not insured to drive the Mercedes hire car. There were conflicting accounts of the moments inside the car immediately after it hit young Shahzaib as he stepped off the curb. Barker contended the other 3 passengers were 'screaming at him to keep going' while Ward said he screamed 'pull over' the atmosphere inside the car must have been panicked and understandably confused. Outside, on the street, the scene would have been even more febrile with the many worshippers just leaving the mosque running to the stricken boy's aid. In those split seconds Barker decided to make a bad situation even worse by fleeing. There was no suggestion that drink was a factor in his driving or subsequent decision to flee. It was noted in court however that after handing himself in at Ashton, police there conducted a mandatory test for controlled substances. Barker was shown to have consumed cocaine at some undetermined time by the test at the police station,though the test could not be time specific. Barker was alleged to have said in relation to the positive cocaine readings "but not before the incident" upon which judge Savill remarked that it "seems a strange statement to make". There was never an explanation as to what the real relationship between the two men named in court, that hired the car and the occupants in the car was, or why they had not been charged in relation to the matter. The men in the car said that they were using the car, cruising around visiting various friends, socially at different locations and estates around Manchester. A fairly aimless pastime with the other occupants of the car with seemingly no work commitments except Barker, who did work in telesales. Unofficially a police source said that it was a "investigative decision" not to charge the men involved in actually hiring the car. These then were the circumstances leading up to Shahzaib Hussein's untimely and tragic death. Judge Savill said: "This is a common story heard in these courts with young men brought before me for all sorts of motoring offences I just wish those that are seen because of less serious offences could be here today to see the road to where such behavior can lead. " The last word must go to the parents of Shahzaib who said in a victim statement." We had a very special relationship with our son we now feel detached from everyday life and since the loss of our son we feel alienated. His father added: "I shall remember his smile for the rest of my life"