Something went wrong with the connection!
 Breaking News

Indian accountant gets imprisonment in UK

Indian accountant gets imprisonment in UK
August 10
16:33 2018

LONDON: An Indian-origin accountant has been sentenced to six years of imprisonment for texting while driving, which resulted in the death of two women in a road accident in northern England in 2016. The 26-year-old youth has also been banned from driving for nine years. Mohmed Patel was checking his mobile phone and did not see Shelby Maher, 17, and Rachel Murphy, 23, as they crossed the road in Preston, Lancashire, in April 2016.
While Murphy died on the spot after being hit by Patels BMW, Maher died in a hospital later. Another teenage girl in a group of five crossing the road was also seriously injured in the mishap. She was in hospital for a week. Patel has been sentenced to six-year imprisonment by the Preston Crown Court, which concluded that his distraction while driving had resulted in the crash.
“No text was so urgent that it was worth the life of these two young women. It is clear the defendant failed to see any of those people in the road,” Judge Altham said after being told that Patels phone revealed he had sent two text messages to his girlfriend around the time of the crash asking her whereabouts.
The court was told that 42 seconds after he sent the text, he was calling the 999 emergency numbers from the crash scene. Patel claimed that he had sent text to his partner while stopped at a nearby set of traffic lights and then replaced the phone in the glove compartment. But another motorist told the court that the accused had overtaken him shortly before the crash and he had seen Patel holding a mobile phone in his hand as he rested it on the steering wheel.
“This was plainly an avoidable distraction. So distracted was he that at the point of collision he may as well have been driving with his eyes closed,” the judge said. He also noted that Patel had shown “no significant remorse” but rather “sadness for the predicament he now finds himself in” and jailed him for two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Patel had admitted that his driving, while taking his mother and sister on a shopping trip, was careless, but denied the more serious charge of dangerous driving. “I do accept I should have seen the pedestrians in the road. I don’t know why I didn’t see them. But it was not because of my mobile phone,” Patel had told the court. Meanwhile, the victim’s families said they were disappointed with the length of sentence. Shelby’s mother Melanie Maher said: “He has ruined all our lives, my child’s life, I’m never going to see my daughter again because of him and I hate him.” PTI



Related Articles

E-paper Latest Edition

Subscribe to our Digital Edition



Tracy Hills

ADVERTISEMENT – Mountain House Living

Mountain House

ADVERTISEMENT – Ponderosa Homes

Ponderosa Homes


Star Tours


Robson Homes Builders - Silicon Valley

ADVERTISEMENT – Global Holidays

Global Holidays Early Bird Discounts



It’s a lovely book. It feels energetically clear and light. It’s easy to read, dip in and out and most importantly it offers information without fluff! Blessings on this project.

Jac O’Keeffe
Spirituality teacher based in USA.

*Available on Amazon, Flipkart & other online stores*

Follow us On Twitter

#BREAKING BSP chief #Mayawati declares she won't contest Lok Sabha elections this time #Mayawati
h J R
#WeWantChowkidar in the United States. NRI's stand up in support of @narendramodi ! Narendra Modi has again created…
h J R
A legendary Common man. You will always remain in our hearts. A true Indian national. We hope you lived longer to m…
h J R
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says 40 people have been killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchur…
h J R


Was This the Best Pravasi Bhartiya Divas?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Subscribe To Our Mailing List

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Subscribe to IndiaPost by Email



Download Media Kit