A Berkshire man labelled a “horrific motor offender” by a Swindon choose has been jailed for his newest catalogue of automotive crimes.
Fazian Iqbal, who was trafficked from native Afghanistan as a toddler and offered into slavery within the UK, has 15 offences of driving whereas disqualified on his file, 12 for driving with out insurance coverage and 4 for drink driving or failing to supply a specimen for evaluation. As an grownup he has appeared earlier than courts in London, Manchester, Merseyside, Berkshire, Worcestershire – and now Swindon.
Prosecutor Don Tait instructed Swindon Crown Courtroom the 31-year-old’s BMW had been flagged by site visitors cameras on April 28 this yr in reference to different suspected offences.
Police tried to tug him over, however Iqbal made off. The chase lasted round 5 miles and concerned three police vehicles driving at speeds of as much as 90mph to meet up with the BMW alongside a rain soaked A419.
“At one stage he got here to a cease and police automobiles tried to field him in, then he accelerated away and was pursued by police at speeds of 78 to 82mph. At 2.12pm they discovered the car having come to grief and ended up in a ditch,” Mr Tait mentioned.
A yr earlier, on April 15, he was charged with drink driving after Manchester police noticed him weaving between lanes. He blew 49 on the police station intoxilyser. The authorized restrict is 35.
In September, officers from the Metropolitan Police had gone to his dwelling in Slough to arrest him on different issues. Whereas they had been there he pulled up in a BMW, received out of the motive force’s facet door and was detained. He was charged with driving whereas disqualified and acquired a 4 month jail sentence from Studying magistrates.
Fazian Iqbal’s custody shot Image: WILTSHIRE POLICE
Iqbal’s attorneys appealed that sentence, which might have made it onerous for the choose to impose a suspended jail sentence on the damaging driving matter.
James Partridge, defending, mentioned his shopper was remorseful and had been discovering jail throughout the coronavirus lockdown particularly troublesome. He suffered from despair and was but to obtain from jail authorities the treatment he was prescribed by his GP.
He mentioned the person was uncertain whether or not he had been born in Afghanistan or Pakistan. He was trafficked from his Afghan village to the UK when nonetheless a toddler and had been offered into slavery. His girlfriend’s aunt, who he referred to in a letter to the choose as his mum, helped rescue him from servitude and gave him someplace to dwell. Iqbal had been recognised as a sufferer of recent slavery by the Residence Workplace. Up till now he has not been allowed to work or drive legally on this nation.
Iqbal, previously of Allington Courtroom, Slough, admitted harmful driving, driving with out insurance coverage, driving whereas disqualified and drink driving.
Choose Jason Taylor QC, sitting alongside two magistrates, turned down the attraction towards sentence. “However that we do make allowances on your troubled background we even have an obligation to guard the general public and your file of offending is so horrific and entrenched we can’t even come near criticising the sentence imposed by magistrates. It was in our view fully applicable.”
Jailing Iqbal for 16 months, the choose famous the person’s troublesome upbringing however mentioned: “These elements can’t excuse, justify and even adequately clarify your repeat offending and your full disregard for the regulation and the way in which through which you drive when you recognize you shouldn’t.”
Iqbal held his head in his fingers as he was instructed by Choose Taylor: “Any police chase is harmful, however particularly when the climate is poor. Furthermore, this ended with you being so uncontrolled you crashed your automotive. It was a course of driving which positioned you, however extra importantly the officers in these three police vehicles, at risk.”
The Slough man, who’s already banned from the roads till 2025, was given an extra driving disqualification of three years and eight months. He might want to move an prolonged driving check if he needs to take to the roads.