Po­lice of­fi­cer jailed over death of pop­u­lar shop­keeper in car crash

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer has been jailed for 18 months af­ter killing a pop­u­lar shop­keeper by driv­ing dan­ger­ously.

Off-duty Stafford­shire Po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­son Ban­nis­ter – who has been sus­pended from his job – ad­mit­ted caus­ing the death of Balvin­der Singh af­ter his Hyundai smashed into the 59-yearold’s Mer­cedes-Benz Sprinter van in De­cem­ber 2016.

Mr Singh was taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the crash on Cannock Road, Wolver­hamp­ton, but died later the same day, West Mid­lands Po­lice said.

Ban­nis­ter was treated for mi­nor in­juries af­ter the in­ci­dent but was charged af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the West Mid­lands force’s se­ri­ous col­li­sion unit.

The 45-year-old had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted caus­ing the Wed­nes­field shop­keeper’s death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing and was jailed at Birm­ing­ham Crown Court yes­ter­day.

He was also banned from driv­ing for three years and nine months.

Ban­nis­ter will be re­quired to com­plete an ex­tended driv­ing test in or­der to ob­tain an­other li­cence.

Shortly af­ter his death, Mr Singh’s fam­ily paid trib­ute to him, say­ing his fam­ily was im­por­tant to him.

They said: “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.”

West Mid­lands Po­lice said Ban­nis­ter had been sus­pended from his po­si­tion at Stafford­shire Po­lice pend­ing the out­come of the case.

His po­si­tion with the force would now be re­viewed as a re­sult of his con­vic­tion and sen­tence.

Loyal and hard-work­ing fam­ily man killed by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

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