A driver who failed to stop at the scene of a collision has been jailed.
Faraz Ahmed, 27 (26.09.89) of Fanshawe Avenue, Barking pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Monday, 11 September. He was subsequently sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
The court heard that at 14:00hrs on 16 September 2016, the 22-year-old victim was walking back from a mosque on Victoria Road and crossed the road towards Barking Town Centre at the junction with Fanshawe Avenue.
At the same time, Ahmed drove a white Toyota Auris along Fanshawe Avenue when he suddenly saw a group of men leave the mosque and walk along the pavement. He swerved his car in front of a bus onto the other side of the road, mounted the pavement and hit the victim fast enough to send him into the air.
Ahmed did not stop and continued to drive towards Ilford.
The victim was taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital with a dislocated shoulder and head injuries. He has since been discharged.
Ahmed fled to Dubai before surrendering himself to police on 28 October 2016. Throughout his interview he gave no comment. He was bailed to Monday, 27 March and when his pockets were searched before interview, he was found to be in possession of cannabis.
He was charged that day with causing grievous bodily harm and possession of cannabis.
Detective Constable Chris Whiston, from the East Area Command Unit’s CID, said: “Ahmed showed complete disregard for the safety of those walking along the pavement away from the road. His recklessness has caused significant damage to the victim as he made his way home. He deserves the custodial sentence for this crime.”