Balram Singh sped through a red light and ploughed into Kate Allan as he raced to the job centre in Brentry, Bristol.The red light was on a pelican crossing, FFS! And even worse, he didn’t stop at the scene:
… Singh drove off and left her screaming in agony on the road on December 29 last year.That ought to attract a heavy penalty in itself.
And why the hurry? Was he so very eager to get a job?
Bristol Crown Court heard that Singh ignored witnesses’ pleas to stop and drove off to a benefits office where he was late to collect a job seeker’s allowance payment, which is £67.50 a week.Lovely…
However he has dodged a prison sentence after a judge accepted that Singh, 21, showed 'genuine remorse'.Oh, FFS! You mean ‘when caught’.
…when police finally caught up with them, he said he drove off because he wanted to search the internet and see what would happen to him.I suppose the only saving grace is he didn’t use his Smartphone while driving…
And no, of course that wasn’t his sole infraction:
Prosecuting, Nadeem Aullybocus told the court Singh took the car from outside the family home without permission.
He only had a provisional licence at the time, meaning he was not supposed to drive unsupervised, and therefore was uninsured.It just gets better and better, doesn’t it?
Even the defence is struggling with this one:
Mitigating, Rodney Wilson accepted it was 'sheer luck' that Miss Allan had not been seriously injured. He submitted a number of positive character references and said his client had shown genuine remorse.
He told the court Singh had been expecting a lift to the job centre from his brother, but his brother had been called into work.
Singh then borrowed the family car to drive the three miles himself.
When he saw the crossing lights changing he sped up to try to get through before they went red.
Mr Wilson said he did brake momentarily after the collision, but drove off 'in panic' and in fear of what those who witnessed the incident might do to him.Ahh, right! It’s well known that lynch mobs operate in Brentry, then?
Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC spared him from prison because of his lack of previous convictions, early guilty pleas and 'genuine remorse'.
He imposed an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years. Judge Ford disqualified Singh from driving for two years, ordered one year’s supervision, 300 hours of unpaid work, a four-month curfew and Singh must pay Miss Allan £1,500 compensation.From his well-paid job, I supp…