Monday, August 07, 2006

A failed Iraqi asylum seeker, who killed a young girl, has appeared again in a British court

Sally Henfield:

A FAILED asylum seeker who ran away leaving a young girl dying under the wheels of his car has appeared in court again for driving while disqualified.

Today the father of 12-year-old Amy Houston, above, spoke of his disgust at the lenient sentenced handed out to Aso Mohammed Ibrahim and demanded that he be deported from the country.

Ibrahim, a 28-year-old Iraqi, of Whalley Banks, Blackburn, has never held a UK driving licence.

He appeared before magistrates over two years ago charged with driving while banned, after the accident in which Amy died in Newfield Drive, Blackburn.

The case prompted outrage after he was jailed for four months for driving while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.

Campaigners called for an Amy's Law, to make causing death while disqualified from driving to be made a recognised offence with stiffer penalties.

Hyndburn MP Greg Pope and Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans backed the campaign and a Bill is on its third reading in Parliament.

Yesterday Blackburn magistrates heard Ibrahim had again been caught driving while banned, on July 11.

The court was told he got behind the wheel of a BMW because he had been to the area where Amy had died and was scared of reprisals.

Ibrahim admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He was made subject to community supervision for two years, banned from driving for three years and made subject to a 7pm to 7am curfew for four months.

Magistrates chairman Ian Ainsworth said if Ibrahim was caught driving again he would certainly go to prison.

He added: "If our hands had not been tied by the decision of a previous bench we may well have sent you into custody today."

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