Dan­ger­ous driver given jail term

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

A DRIVER has been jailed for his in­volve­ment in a hit-and-run head-on crash which left an el­derly woman in hospi­tal.

Jas­deep Mun­jal, 38, of Som­er­set Way, Iver was sen­tenced to three years in prison af­ter a car crash which hap­pened more than two years ago.

He crashed into a car be­ing driven by a 79-yearold woman at around 9.30pm on Mon­day Au­gust 7 2015 as she was head­ing in the op­po­site di­rec­tion in Har­ling­ton.

De­spite se­vere dam­age to the car he was driv­ing, Mun­jal fled the scene in a ‘dan­ger­ous man­ner’ be­fore dump­ing the ve­hi­cle nearby on the A4 Bath road. Met po­lice of­fi­cers and Lon­don Am­bu­lance at­tended the scene and the vic­tim was taken to a north Lon­don hospi­tal where she was ad­mit­ted and kept in overnight as a pre­cau­tion.

Of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the aban­doned car and were able to get the name of its driver, Jas­deep Mun­jal, through reg­is­tered keeper records.

Mun­jal told the po­lice on Au­gust 14 2015 the ve­hi­cle had been stolen from his par­ents ad­dress in Iver, and that he had been at Bhanot’s house from 5pm on Mon­day Au­gust 7 and knew noth­ing about the col­li­sion.

Bhanot pro­vided the po­lice with a state­ment on De­cem­ber 1 2015 pro­vid­ing Mun­jal with an al­ibi.

Through a ro­bust in­ves­ti­ga­tion and fur­ther ques­tion­ing in­con­sis­ten­cies be­gan to ap­pear in their ac­counts and it be­came clear that Mun­jal and Bhanot had made false state­ments, po­lice said.

Both of them were in­ter­viewed un­der cau­tion in De­cem­ber 2016.

Fol­low­ing ev­i­den­tial re­view by the Crown Prose­cu­tion Ser­vice, both Mun­jal and Bhanot were sum­monsed to ap­pear at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ court on July 12. They were both bailed to Isle­worth Crown Court.

Jas­deep was jailed for three years on Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 13) af­ter ad­mit­ting to dan­ger­ous driv­ing and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice.

He was also banned from driv­ing for three years and must re­sit his test at the end of his dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Bhanot, 35, of Meadow Bank Gar­dens, ad­mit­ted to per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and was given a 12 month prison sen­tence, sus­pended for two years, and told to carry out 180 hours of un­paid work.

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