‘I hope death of fel­low biker will haunt you’

Man guilty of caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing

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AN in­ex­pe­ri­enced, speed­ing mo­tor­cy­clist who killed another rider in his group was told by a judge on Fri­day that his driv­ing should “haunt him”.

Babar Gull, 32, re­ceived a sus­pended jail sen­tence for caus­ing the death of teacher Ahmed Bafad­hel by care­less driv­ing on the A355 Amer­sham Road in Coleshill.

Judge An­drew Bright QC told the for­mer taxi driver: “I hope you re­alise that by your care­less driv­ing you have brought to an end the life of a young man who had great po­ten­tial. I hope it haunts you. It should haunt you.”

The judge passed a 36week jail sen­tence sus­pended for two years.

He also banned the fa­ther of three from Bar­ley­fields, Wooburn Green, from driv­ing for 18 months and said he must take an ex­tended retest be­fore re­gain­ing his li­cence.

In ad­di­tion, Gull must carry out 120 hours’ un­paid work and pay £1,500 costs at the rate of £15 a week.

St Al­bans Crown Court was told the rid­ers had come across a Skoda that had been stopped by a po­lice of­fi­cer.

He was deal­ing with a Mercedes car that had bro­ken down on the crest of a hill on the other side of the road.

Mr Bafad­hel, rid­ing a Honda and was sec­ond in a line of seven bik­ers when he was hit at least once by Gull’s Suzuki, which had been trav­el­ling at a speed of up to 73 miles per hour.

Mr Bafad­hel, from Al­pha Street North, Slough, was air­lifted to the John Rad­cliffe Hospi­tal, in Ox­ford, but died of his in­juries.

The court was read a trib­ute to Mr Bafad­hel, who was the head of tech­nol­ogy at Slough and Eton School, from his head teacher Paul McA­teer.

He said: “His en­thu­si­asm for teach­ing has al­ways been mag­nif­i­cent. That shone through with ev­ery­thing that he did – the pupils loved him for it.

“His par­ents should be so proud of him. He was so happy and al­ways smil­ing.”

Gull, who had only passed his mo­tor­bike test seven months be­fore the fa­tal crash, suf­fered se­ri­ous per­ma­nent leg in­juries and walks with crutches.

Pros­e­cu­tor Robert Underwood told the jury the crash hap­pened at Tower Road, Coleshill, at around 2.20pm on July 31 last year.

The road is a sin­gle car­riage­way with a speed limit of 60 miles per hour.

It is con­sid­ered a dan­ger­ous road with hid­den bends and dips.

Ques­tioned by his bar­ris­ter Brian Rus­sell, he said that as they rode along the A355, Mr Bafad­hel was five or six bike lengths ahead.

Gull said: “It hap­pened very quickly. I braked. I started slip­ping to­wards the car. The only thing I re­mem­ber is there was a bang. I could taste blood in my mouth.”

He added: “Maybe we touched each oth­ers bikes. He was on the white line. I was in the mid­dle. I re­mem­ber he started com­ing in.”

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion, Mr Underwood put it to Gull that he had a sight-line of 105 me­tres to see the stopped Skoda.

He said: “You had more than enough time to stop. More than enough time to take eva­sive ac­tions. Why didn’t you?”

Gull replied: “God knows I tried my best.”

Mr Rus­sell said his client had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and a clean driv­ing li­cence.

In a vic­tim per­sonal state­ment, Mr Bafad­hel’s sis­ter Sarah said her fam­ily did not want vengeance, but had wished Gull had pleaded guilty to save the fam­ily the angst of a trial which had re­opened wounds that have yet to heal.

Judge Bright said it was not hard to see why the de­fen­dant’s fail­ure to ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity was re­garded by Mr Bafad­hel’s fam­ily as cow­ardice.

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