Court adds to grief for widow
Mum fearing deportation bitter at ‘lenient’ ruling on driver. Laine Moger reports.
AN alleged Christmas hit and run drink-driver is back on the roads after a judge granted him a limited licence.
Meanwhile, Abdul Raheem Fahad Syed’s grieving widow, Nishat Abedi, fears deportation as she struggles to find work to support her 17-month-old son a year on from her husband’s death in the accident.
‘‘Me and my son are struggling (and) that person is just walking around,’’ she said.
‘‘The past few months, I’ve been depressed but because of my son I have to be strong and think of the future.’’
Syed, 29, a taxi driver, died after alleged drinkdriver Farshad Bahadori Esfehani slammed into his vehicle on Auckland’s Symonds December 23, 2017.
Esfehani is accusing of fleeing the scene while allegedly nearly four times over the legal breath alcohol limit.
The 20-year-old faces a High Court trial next year for driving with excess breath alcohol causing death, driving with excess breath alcohol causing injury and failing to stop and ascertain injury.
The morning of his death Syed was working long hours to support Abedi and then infant son Abdul.
A year on, Abedi has moved out of the couple’s marital home because of the memories. St on
Although a Givealittle page raised more than $80,000 for the family, Abedi said she has no family help and can’t drive, and has been upset with the lengthy court delays.
In October police informed her in an email that Esfehani had been granted a limited licence while on bail. He is allowed to drive between 7am and 7pm.
Limited licences can be granted by the court if the applicant can show that not being able to drive would cause extreme or undue hardship.
Abedi is angry: ‘‘I know it’s not right but it’s happening.’’ She has since seen the footage of the accident: ‘‘It was horrible. When I saw that, I was speechless over what my husband had gone through.’’
‘‘It’s really sad when I look at my son, I feel sad for him. He was only 5 months old,’’ Abedi said.
‘‘What am I going to tell him when he is an adult?’’
Abedi’s fears of deportation are ongoing. The couple moved to New Zealand not long after they married and although she was granted a two-year work visa, she’s found it difficult to find and keep work.
Her supporter, community volunteer social worker Younus Ali Khan, expected Abedi’s visa would expire without her finding work and she’d be deported.
Khan believed the courts were being ‘‘absolutely lenient’’ on the alleged offender.
‘‘In the meantime, they gave him [the offender] a conditional licence and he lives a normal life,’’ Khan said.
‘‘She is not getting justice, she is struggling and suffering.’’
‘ The past few months, I’ve been depressed but because of my son I have to be strong and think of the future.’ NISHAT ABEDI
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Nishat Abedi’s wonders what shewill tell her son Abdul one day about her husband’s death and the justice system.