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WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?: Family's anger after drug and drunk driver who caused 'carnage' has sentence slashed

WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?: Family's anger after drug and drunk driver who caused 'carnage' has sentence slashed
WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?: Family's anger after drug and drunk driver who caused 'carnage' has sentence slashed

WHERE IS THE JUSTICE?: Family's anger after drug and drunk driver who caused 'carnage' has sentence slashed

THE partner of a man who suffered catastrophic life-changing injuries when he was mown down by a drink and drugs driver has condemned appeal court judges who halved the perpetrator’s prison sentence.
Father-of-two Luke Harris almost died when he was dragged for 30 yards under a car being driven by 19-year-old Istahar Ali, who was high on a cocktail of alcohol and cocaine.
Almost a year after the horrific incident, in Sackville Street, Bradford city centre, Mr Harris, 26, is still being cared for at a rehabilitation centre and will never return home to his family.
Ali had three times deliberately driven at people on the street after being ejected from The Village and Uber night club for not paying. He fled on foot, leaving Mr Harris, a store manager, trapped beneath his Seat car.
Ali, now 20, of Ryedale Way, Allerton, Bradford, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Harris grievous bodily harm with intent, causing actual bodily harm to a club doorman and dangerous driving.
Sentencing him last December to 11 years youth custody, with a four-year extended licence period, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said: “You could not have caused more serious harm, other than murdering that man, which you nearly did.
“You were motivated by nastiness, anger and arrogance.”
Judge Durham Hall ruled that Ali posed a significant risk to the public of causing serious harm, adding: “I can’t gamble with you and the public in view of the enormity of your actions.”
He said Ali had “swaggered” out of court after being sentenced.
But three judges at the Court of Appeal in London have now allowed an appeal by Ali against his sentence. His barrister said Ali, who had previous convictions for battery, was not considered dangerous in reports by a probation officer and a psychiatrist. He will now only serve five-and-a-half years before qualifying for automatic release.
Jenny Taylor, Mr Harris’s partner and mother of his two young sons, Harry, four, and two-year-old Max, said: “Where is the justice?


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