Cop gets 18-month jail for killing Pun­jab-ori­gin shop­keeper in UK

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB - Press Trust of In­dia

LON­DON: A po­lice of­fi­cer has been sen­tenced to 18 months in prison by a UK court for caus­ing the death of an In­dian-ori­gin shop­keeper when his car crashed into his van.

Balvin­der Singh was driv­ing his ve­hi­cle in Wolver­hamp­ton when he was hit head-on by a car driven by Staffordshire po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Ban­nis­ter, who was off-duty at the time. Singh, 59, was rushed to a hospi­tal but died of his in­juries in December 2016.

Ban­nis­ter, who had pleaded guilty to caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing in a hear­ing in Septem­ber, was sen­tenced to 18 months of im­pris­on­ment by a Birm­ing­ham Crown Court on Fri­day.

The 45-year-old was him­self treated for mi­nor in­juries af­ter the col­li­sion and fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by West Midlands po­lice, he was charged with caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing ear­lier this year, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports.

Ban­nis­ter has also been banned from driv­ing for three years and nine months and will be re­quired to com­plete an extended driv­ing test in or­der to ob­tain a li­cence again.

He re­mains sus­pended from his job at Staffordshire Po­lice.

The force said now that the court case has con­cluded, it would launch mis­con­duct pro­ceed­ings against Ban­nis­ter.

Shortly af­ter his death nearly two years ago, Singh’s fam­ily said in tribute: “He was the most loyal and hard-work­ing fam­ily man, with three chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren who were his ev­ery­thing one of which he never got to meet. He was loved through­out the com­mu­nity.”

Balvin­der Singh

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