Seven years for driver who mowed down ex-pal

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A driver who used his car as a weapon in a revenge attack has been locked up by a judge for seven years.

Ghulam Maqbool, 28, was found guilty of causing Rizwan Ahmed grievous bodily harm with intent after a jury heard that there had been “bad blood” between the two men.

In April Maqbool deliberately aimed his Volkswagen Golf vehicle at Mr Ahmed when he saw him on the pavement near a fish and chip shop on Queen’s Road, Halifax.

Mr Ahmed told the jury how he had been on the pavement and only had a split-second to react when the car came straight at him.

As he tried to jump out of the way the car struck his left leg, causing him to fall face first on to the bonnet.

Bradford Crown Court heard during the trial that Mr Ahmed suffered a fractured right cheekbone and eye socket and had to have permanent metal plates inserted in his face.

Maqbool, of Highfield Terrace, King Cross, Halifax, denied being the driver of the car, but Mr Ahmed told the jury he was 100 per cent sure his former schoolfriend was behind the wheel.

The defendant claimed that it was a malicious allegation, but the jury took just over an hour to find him guilty of the GBH charge.

Sentencing married Maqbool Recorder David Bradshaw said he was satisfied that the “bad blood” between the men and their families was the motivating factor in the serious offence.

He said Maqbool chose to use his car as a weapon and when that happens the driver has no control over what might happen to the victim.

“You saw him on the pavement, aimed your car at him, knocked him down and left him there, reversing and driving off at speed not caring how he was or what had happened to him,” the judge told him.

In addition to the seven-year prison sentence the judge also banned Maqbool from driving for the next three years.

Speaking after the trial DI Gary Stephenson of Calderdale CID said: “Nobody involved in these incidents are above the law. Hopefully the sentence handed down today should act as a simple warning not to get involved in unnecessary feuds.”