“Killer” driver back behind bars after high-speed pursuit

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A judge has slammed a “killer” driver who was involved in a high-speed police pursuit nearly two decades after he ran over a father in a hit-and-run.

Elland man Chaudhury Hussain, 40, was jailed for four-and-a-half years in 1999 after he caused the death of 33-year-old pedestrian David Coates shortly before Christmas.

It emerged during Hussain’s sentence hearing today that the personal trainer had also been jailed for more than a dozen years in 2005 for the attempted murders of boxer and Siddal amateur rugby league player Liam Walsh and his step-dad.

Mr Walsh and his step-dad were both shot during an incident in Halifax town centre in 2004.

Hussain, of Dewsbury Road, Elland, was released from prison a year ago, but in October last year he was banned from driving for a speeding offence in Halifax.

Prosecutor Abigail Langford told Bradford Crown Court that in December Hussain was behind the wheel of a Mercedes car with tinted windows when police officers tried to stop him on Manchester Road in Bradford.

During the mid-afternoon pursuit, which lasted for about half a mile, Hussain overtook vehicles on the wrong side of Parkside Road as the police vehicle reached speeds of about 65mph.

Miss Langford said the Mercedes was accelerating away from the police vehicle which was unable to keep up.

As the pursuit continued the Mercedes was seen “fishtailing” before it collided with a number of parked vehicles and Hussain tried to run off.

Miss Langford said Hussain was arrested at the scene and it was estimated that the damage caused to the parked cars could total £10,000.

Hussain was jailed for 15 months after he admitted charges of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, but Judge Jonathan Rose noted that the sentence would have “next to no impact on him” because the defendant had already been recalled on his prison licence and was not expected to be released until January 2020.

Lawyer Simon Hustler, for Hussain, said he had establishing his business as a personal trainer following his release, but things started to come unstuck when he was banned from driving last October.

Mr Hustler said his client had very foolishly picked up the Mercedes from a garage when someone else couldn’t do that for him and he had panicked when he saw the police.

Judge Rose said Hussain’s jail sentence for causing death by dangerous driving should have caused him to moderate his driving following his release.

“The problem is that has not impacted on you one jot,” the judge told Hussain.

“I would have thought that it would have weighed heavily on you for the rest of your life but it clearly didn’t.”

Judge Rose said the speeding conviction illustrated Hussain’s “complete disregard for the law” and it was only two months later that he showed his contempt.

He said Hussain had driven “like a madman” and what made his offending wicked was that he had already killed someone by dangerous driving.

The judge banned Hussain from driving for five years and also ordered him to take an extended re-test before lawfully driving on the roads again.