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Drugs courier who killed pregnant woman in police chase gets ten year jail term

A drugs courier who killed a pregnant newlywed in a crash following a 100mph police chase through Birmingham has been jailed for ten years

A drugs courier who killed a pregnant newlywed in a crash following a 100mph police chase through Birmingham has been jailed for ten years.

Javad Malik, 26, smashed into the back of a Ford Fiesta driven by Ahtia Tabasim, which was then shunted into the path of another vehicle.

The 28-year-old newlywed, who was three months pregnant, suffered fatal injuries in the January 27 crash.

Malik, of Yardley Fields Road, Yardley, fled the scene and tried to hide from the police but was later arrested.

He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court last week after previously admitting causing the death of Mrs Tabasim by dangerous driving. He was also banned from the roads for ten years.

Malik had also pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, possessing cannabis and driving while uninsured and with no licence.

Judge William Davis QC said: “Having driven in that grossly dangerous fashion you caused the death of a wholly innocent young woman, who, of course, as we know was pregnant.

“Your reaction after the collision, when you must have known what the consequences were frankly terrible.”

In a statement after the hearing, the victim’s husband Badar Zaman said: “On the 27th of January my whole world changed from being the happiest person in the world to the saddest. All the things I ever wanted in life or have been interested in mean nothing to me without Ahtia.”

Malik tried to hide in a scrapyard where police found him and also drugs in a metal cash box in the Renault, worth £12,500. The judge said he accepted the defendant had been looking after the drugs for others.

Kristina Montgomery, defending, said the police pursuit had not lasted long and was over a short distance.

 

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