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Friday, 3 July 2009

Muslim Who Left Girlfriend to Die Jailed

Earlier this year I reported on the case of Waqas Arshad, who left his 17 year old girlfriend Emily Brady to die in a burning car after he crashed into a tree whilst drunk.

As well as making no effort to help her, he even told the fire brigade that there was no one inside the vehicle - they only arrived on the scene at all thanks to a passerby.

Today Arshad was sentenced for this despicable crime - and received just six years in prison.

From the Mail:

A man whose girlfriend burnt to death in a car after he crashed into a tree while drunk was jailed for six years today.

Waqas Arshad, 24, of Sherd Close, Luton, Beds escaped the Citroen C4 after he ploughed into a tree in November last year but left 17-year-old Emily Brady to perish in the blaze.

Today Arshad was jailed for six years at Luton Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit, and causing death by driving while uninsured.

The court heard Arshad was roughly twice the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash on November 2.

He left the Steppingley Road, Eversholt, Bedfordshire, at a sweeping bend, in wet conditions, ploughing into a tree and ending up in a field.

Natalie Carter, prosecuting, said when emergency services arrived Arshad twice told them there was nobody in the car and said he was a passenger.

She said Emily - Arshad's girlfriend of six months - was still wearing her seatbelt and her door had not been opened.

But today Judge John Bevan said he could not be satisfied Arshad, who said he did not remember what had happened that night, would have given those answers if he had not been drunk and in shock after the accident.

He sentenced the 24-year-old to six years in prison and disqualified him from driving for eight years.

He said: "I have read the rambling 10-page letter which sets out how sad you are at causing the death of your girlfriend and I have no doubt whatsoever that you are.

"The contrast between that and the deeply moving impact statement from 17-year-old Emily Brady's mother, a nurse, forms an unbridgeable gulf.

"Her description of the loss she and her family suffered and continue to suffer at your hands cannot be put into words."

But it can be put into a pathetic, minuscule prison term - six years inside, plus an eight year driving ban.

This is an insult to the girl's friends and family and all civilised people.

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