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Monday, 11 April 2016

Bradford man faces jail over M62 crash that left two people seriously injured

Bradford man faces jail over M62 crash that left two people seriously injured

Bradford man faces jail over M62 crash that left two people seriously injured

A BRADFORD man has been told he will be jailed on Friday after two people suffered serious injuries in a collision on the M62 involving a tanker.
Ford Focus driver Shamzad Iqbal, 33, is understood to have repeatedly braked in front of a family's Volkswagen Polo before it was hit from behind by a tanker on the eastbound carriageway of the motorway near Chain Bar in July 2014.
The late afternoon collision caused a major incident during which the occupants of the VW Polo, three adults and two children, had to be freed by fire crews.
The westbound carriageway of the motorway was closed to allow the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to land and take car driver Mary Daglan to hospital.
Her front seat passenger Michael Blunn was also badly injured in the incident.
Iqbal, of Melba Road, Canterbury, Bradford, had been due to stand trial at the city's crown court, but during a hearing before Judge Jonathan Rose yesterday, he pleaded guilty to causing serious injury to both complainants by dangerous driving.
Judge Rose indicated initially that he planned to sentence Iqbal immediately, but after an application from his barrister Shufqat Khan he agreed to allow the defendant bail so he could make arrangements with his sister for the care of their parents while he serves his prison sentence.
Prosecutor Michael Smith told Judge Rose that up-to-date victim impact statements were available for the court.
Mr Khan said his client was aware of the sentence that would follow his guilty pleas, but he initially asked for the case to be adjourned until April 22.
He said Iqbal lived with his elderly parents and he had not made the arrangements for them in advance of the hearing.
Judge Rose said he did not want to make matters worse for Iqbal's sister and parents and he was prepared to adjourn the sentence hearing to Friday morning.
But the judge told Iqbal that he would have to surrender his passport to his solicitors and not apply for travel documents as part of his conditional bail.

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