Death crash family shocked at ‘ridiculous’ sentence

Redwan Uddin... who died after being knocked down in a hit and run road traffic accident in Manor Pa

Redwan Uddin... who died after being knocked down in a hit and run road traffic accident in Manor Park - Credit: Archant

The family of a child killed by a speeding, uninsured dsriver, have called his 21 month sentence ‘shocking’ and ‘ridiculous’.

Ibrahim Waseem, 23, of Plashet Grove was jailed for 21 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court last week for causing the death of nine-year-old Redwan Uddin in June 2012.

Mr Waseem admitted causing death by careless driving following the incident at Woodhouse Grove, East Ham, which left Redwan with fatal head injuries.

The court heard how Mr Waseem, who was driving without insurance, ploughed into Redwan at 39mph in a 20mph zone, while he rode the handlebars of his brother’s bike.

Abu Ahmed, the uncle of Redwan, has said the 21 month sentence’is not justice’.

“It’s shocking,” he said. “To get 21 months for killing someone is not justice. It’s ridiculous.

“Our family hasn’t had the result we deserve. He’s taken a life and should have had a harsher sentence. The maximum sentence is five years. We would have been happy with that. He left the court smiling.”

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Sentencing, Judge Judith Hughes QC, said the case was a tragedy for both families, but she accepted Mr Waseem was ‘extremely remorseful and took full responsibility for what happened’.

She said: “Unfortunately the fact is that you Waseem were going too fast and if you had been going less quickly the consequences might have been different.”

Mr Ahmed added: “How is it a tragedy for his family? How are they victims? He will go home to them and live his life. Redwan won’t have that. He was a bright lad, a character who was doing well at school. He always had a smile on his face and he loved his family. This has torn us all to pieces.”

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