The Daily Telegraph

Witness sketch helps to convict killer driver

- By Daily Telegraph Reporter

A “DANGEROUS” criminal who killed a young man in a road crash has been jailed for 24 years with the help of an uncannily accurate witness sketch.

Danny Smith, 44, of Chigwell, Essex, smashed into a motorcycle ridden by Saleem Ahmed, 20, as he tried to overtake two cars in Redbridge, last year.

A witness had seen Smith, who was driving erraticall­y for 30 minutes prior to the collision, and drew a sketch from which he was identified when he was arrested two months later.

Smith was jailed at Snaresbroo­k Crown Court for causing Mr Ahmed’s death by dangerous driving while unqualifie­d and uninsured and failing to stop. He admitted other offences including robbery, burglary, handling stolen goods, criminal damage, theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving, the Metropolit­an Police said.

On Feb 5, he stole a vehicle from a car showroom in Romford. He was caught while driving erraticall­y in Waltham Forest two days later.

“Forensic evidence would place him inside the Audi that collided with Saleem, while the sketch provided by the witness – bearing an uncanny resemblanc­e to Smith – would help prove he was the driver,” police said.

“The weight of evidence left Smith with no option but to plead guilty.”

 ?? ?? Danny Smith, 44, after his arrest last February and the witness sketch produced in court
Danny Smith, 44, after his arrest last February and the witness sketch produced in court

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