The teenager has admitted causing the deaths of five people, including three children (Facebook)
A 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named, has admitted causing the deaths of five people, including three children, in a devastating car crash in Leeds last month.
Appearing in court by video-link on Wednesday 13th December, the teenager, pleaded guilty to the five charges at Leeds Crown Court after the crash in November. The teenager will be sentenced on 26th January.
Ellis Thornton-Kimmitt, 12, his brother, Elliott Thornton-Kimmitt, 14, Darnell Harte, 15, Robbie Meerun, 24, and Anthony Armour, also 24, all died after the crash involving a Renault Clio in Stonegate Road in Leeds.
At a previous hearing, the boy had wept in the dock as the details of the accident in the Meanwood area of the city were given to the court.
The car involved in the crash had been stolen in the Headingley area of Leeds at 6.30pm the same evening before it crashed into a tree shortly before 10pm.
The 15-year-old in question was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries after the crash.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths described the scene that met emergency services as “total carnage”.
Police Constable Miladur Khan, 30, has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice following a car crash where he lied about being the driver. He said that he was trying to protect his uninsured brother Mured Khan.
PC Khan, attached to East Area Command Unit, admitted the offence after appearing at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, 2nd May.
Mured Khan, 26, of Stepney Way, E1, also stood trial charged with driving without insurance. He pleaded guilty to the offence at Thames Magistrates' Court and was disqualified from driving for six months and fined £200. He was made to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and court costs of £85.
The convictions followed a road traffic collision between two vehicles in Burdett Road, E14, on Wednesday, 29th June 2016.
PC Khan was asked several times to confirm if he was the driver and he said he was. However, the local authority CCTV confirmed that PC Khan was not the driver at the time of the collision.
The officer was interviewed under caution on 1st July 2016 and subsequently charged.
PC Khan appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, 4th April where the case was transferred to Southwark Crown Court for plea and directions on Tuesday, 2nd May.
PC Khan has been bailed for sentencing on Tuesday, 30th May.
He remains on restricted duties and a decision will now be made as to whether the officer is suspended from duty. Once the criminal proceedings are complete an internal misconduct review will take place.
Mourners gathered in the hundreds at Jamiyat Tabligh-ul-Islam in Victor Street, Bradford for the heart-breaking funeral of Shumas Fakeer, a 22-year-old who died in a fatal car crash.
22-year-old Shumas, a law graduate with a bright future ahead of him, tragically passed away in a horrifying car accident last month. He was the passenger.
Hundreds of people crowded the mosque on Friday 3rd March and offered their support to his relatives who are still dealing with the shock of losing the youngest member of their family.
Now Shumas’s brother, Ahmed Ali, has pleaded to drivers to think about not only their and their passenger’s safety, but to also think about other drivers and pedestrians.
Says Ahmed: “We all need to learn from this.
“I’ve lost my younger brother Shamas Fakeer and I don’t want anyone to go through what me and my family are going through.
“May Allah (swt) grant my dear brother Shumas Fakeer Jannat-ul-Firdos, Ameen.”
Shumas, of Frizinghall, Bradford, was a passenger in a blue Audi RS4 which collided with a tree and lamppost in Bradford Road, Bingley, shortly after 4 am on Sunday 26th February.
The funeral was not only an opportunity to say goodbye to Shumas, but for the Imam to warn against dangerous driving. He said: said: “Our brothers are driving high-powered, expensive cars, but that doesn’t mean in the city of Bradford we should drive them in such a way we are putting ourselves, other drivers, and pedestrians at stake.
“Shumas is not the only brother to die in these circumstances.
“Do you want to be the cause of a brother’s death? We need to not be selfish, and to think about the other people around us.”
The 24-year-old driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, along with two other men, aged 23 and 24, who were in the black Volkswagen Golf believed to have been travelling in tandem with the Audi at the time of the crash.
It is thought that the two cars travelled through Heaton and along Toller Lane, before heading into Cottingley and then Bingley, which is where the tragic accident occurred. All three of the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.
Those who knew Shumas have paid tribute to him, expressing their shock and sadness over the tragic events.
“In a real shock as to his sudden departure from this world. We've lost a very good brother, friend and family member.” Aqib Hassan (Friend)
“Words fail to express exactly how I am feeling right now. The local Frizinghall community is in absolute shock. A law graduate who had a bright future ahead - his father Haji Mohammad Fakeer is in pieces.” Adil Shaan (Relative)
A great loss – My duas are with the family of Haji Fakeer Saab. Khadim Hussain (President of JTI Victor St Mosque)
TRAGIC: Ather Ayaz and Mohammed Hamza Ali died after their car crashed earlier this week.
Police are still investigating the cause of a horrific car crash in Bradford which led to the tragic death of two teenagers. 18-year-old Ather Ayaz, and Mohammed Hamza Ali, also 18, were killed when the red Honda Civic they were travelling in left the road and drove through a bollard on Manningham Lane earlier this week. Shortly before the collision, police believe the car was involved in a separate collision with a silver Audi A4. A man and woman, both aged 20, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on bail. Sergeant Ann Drury, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team at West Yorkshire Police, said that the cause of the crash was still uncertain yet confirmed the incident occurred around 7.30pm on Tuesday 4th November. Sgt Drury said: “We believe there was some sort of incident between the two vehicles but we are at a very early stage of the investigation and we are trying to establish the circumstances. “It occurred a few minutes before the fatal collision and we are led to believe it was a little distance away. “We are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything occur between the Audi and the Honda.” A Facebook page has been set up in remembrance of the two teenagers with messages left by friends and family.
Just eight days after Narendra Modi was welcomed as the new Prime Minister of India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has lost one of their top ranked allies, tasked with helping to revitalise the Indian economy.
Rural Development Minister Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday 3rd June after a road collision in New Delhi. The politician was on his way to the airport when his Sedan was hit by a car and he subsequently died from his injuries in hospital.
The 64-year-old’s body was brought to the party’s headquarters where dozens of supporters swarmed the flower-bedecked truck, with Modi laying a wreath whilst consoling the family.
“My tributes to a dynamic leader whose premature demise leaves a void hard to fill,” Modi said in a Tweet, amid a flurry of tributes from allies and political opponents. “Condolences to Munde's family. We stand by them in this hour of grief.”
India's roads are amongst the most dangerous in the world, and the capital, New Delhi, ranks near the top of cities that account for the most fatalities.
Modi had entrusted to Munde the crucial task of spearheading a battle on poverty in the countryside, home to more than half of India's population of 1.2billion, but which contributes just 14 percent of gross domestic product in Asia's third-largest economy.
FATAL: Gopinath Munde was seen as one of the most important figures in the BJP’s plans to encourage growth in the Indian economy
The minister was sitting in the back of his Maruti SX4 sedan when it was hit on the side by a Tata Indica saloon, whose driver, police said, remained in custody. Munde's driver and a personal assistant survived.
Doctors tried to revive Munde for 50 minutes after he was taken to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in the capital, a hospital spokesman said, adding: “There was no spontaneous breathing, no pulse, no cardiac activity.”
India is the world's capital of road deaths, thanks to a lethal brew of poor road planning, weak law enforcement, a surge in trucks and cars, and a flood of untrained drivers.
More than 230,000 people were killed on Indian roads in 2010, at a rate of almost 19 deaths per 100,000 people. As many as 15 people died in road accidents every hour in India in 2012 with 53 injured in the same period, the National Crime Records Bureau says.
Munde becomes at least the third senior Indian politician to die in a car crash in recent times. The Congress party's Rajesh Pilot, a former transport minister, was killed in 2000, and Sahib Singh Verma, a former BJP labour minister, in 2007.