I’m to blame for Lisa’s death - confession by cabbie

Guilty: taxi driver Jawaid Iqbal and below, victim Lisa Saville
Guilty: taxi driver Jawaid Iqbal and below, victim Lisa Saville
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A TAXI driver has admitted causing the death of 19-year-old Lisa Saville.

Jawaid Iqbal, 42, formerly of Glenholme Heath, Halifax, yesterday pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Lisa Saville-  WY Police Pic

Lisa Saville- WY Police Pic

He had previously been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Iqbal pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to stop and failing to produce the correct driving documents.

Judge Christopher Batty adjourned the case until August 23 for pre-sentence and psychological reports.

Iqbal was remanded on conditional bail.

He must live in the Worcester area and not enter Halifax.

“All options are open for sentencing, including custody. This is still a serious offence,” Judge Batty told Iqbal, who spoke through an interpreter.

Prosecutor Timothy Capstick said the new charge was acceptable to the police and Lisa’s family following discussions with them.

Lisa, of Illingworth, died after being found with serious injuries on City Lane, Wheatley, in the early hours of March 4. She had been on a night out with friends.

Lisa was a student at Holy Trinity Senior School and Calderdale College.

Her parents attended the hearing and Det Sgt Ian Laurie, an officer working on the case, spoke on behalf of the family.

“He was charged with causing death by dangerous and we would have liked to see a conviction for that.

“Considering all the facts in the case and that the family need not now go through a trial, it’s an acceptable course of action for the family.

“No sentence will change what happened and bring Lisa back.”