Teenager who killed father-of-three jailed for less than five years

Car thief, 15, who killed father-of-three restaurant boss, 53, when he stole victim’s car with him clinging to the outside then ran over his head when he fell off is jailed for less than five years

  • Mohammed Islam, 53, was killed during a car theft in Romiley, Stockport
  • Restaurant owner came to Britain as a 14-year-old and was a ‘tireless’ worker
  • Teenage car thief was 14 at the time of the manslaughter and has an IQ of 66 

A teenage car thief who killed a father-of-three when he rolled over his head after stealing his vehicle has been jailed for less than five years.

The boy, who was 14 at the time of the crime and is now 15 so cannot be named because of his age, sped off in restaurant-owner Mohammed Islam’s silver Mercedes, as the owner shouted ‘No! No! No!’ and held on to the car. 

He went ‘flying’ as the teenager — who has an IQ of 66 — ‘floored’ the vehicle, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The victim then went under the car, which drove over his head, causing un-survivable brain injuries.

Mr Islam, 53, who came to the UK alone from Bangladesh as a 14-year-old, had worked ‘tirelessly’ all his life, first to bring his family over to Britain and then to build up a successful restaurant business. 

He died two days later in hospital on January 10, 2021, following the incident in Romiley, Stockport.

A teenage car thief who killed father-of-three Mohammed Islam (pictured), 53, when he rolled over his head after stealing his silver Mercedes-Benz has been jailed for less than five years 

His daughter, Nasrin Choudhory, read a victim impact statement to the court as the defendant and a co-accused listened in the dock.

The car had been a 25th wedding anniversary present from his grown-up two sons and daughter.

She said: ‘I don’t think you realise what you have done. The void that has been left has not been filled.

‘Dad dying has hit mum so hard. I can’t remember the last time I saw her smile.

‘I have not had many good days. He was not only an immeasurable loss to my family but the whole community.

‘Dad was the foundation of our home.’

Popular Mr Islam owned the Marple Spice Indian restaurant in Marple, Stockport

The teenager, who has an IQ of 66, putting him in the bottom one per cent for his age group, admitted manslaughter at an earlier hearing.

Now aged 15, he also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.

Sentencing the defendant, Judge Nicholas Dean QC, Honorary Recorder of Manchester, said: ‘The family have had a light extinguished in their life.

‘The profound grief of the family will live with them for many years.’

Earlier, Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told the court the defendant, then aged just 14, was among a group of five who travelled in a Ford Transit van using cloned false registration plates, loaned out by criminals.

The gang were looking for a vehicle to steal and sell on.

In a statement, Mr Islam’s family said: ‘Our family cannot begin to describe what losing our father has done to us. The fact he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and was taken from us so early leaves us devastated beyond belief’

Mr Islam owned the Marple Spice restaurant in Marple and was finishing his working day when he told staff he would deliver an order of food himself as the house was on his way home.

But as he was at the door of the house in Romiley to hand over the food the teenager jumped in the driver’s seat of his car, the court heard.

Mr Wright said witnesses saw Mr Islam shouting and grabbing the side of the car, which at first was stationary.

He continued: ‘That did not deter the defendant, who then drove off at considerable speed with Mr Islam holding on to the car.

‘Other members of the public saw Mr Islam clinging to the side of the vehicle, one said the car was travelling at the sort of speed I have seen on Top Gear when they completely floor it.

The teenager, who has an IQ of 66, putting him in the bottom one per cent for his age group, admitted manslaughter at an earlier hearing 

‘The vehicle travelled 30 metres until he was thrown from the car.

‘All the injuries were consistent with him having been thrown from the vehicle with his head striking the ground, then him being run over by the vehicle itself over his head.’

Police soon traced the teenager and arrested him the same day Mr Islam died in hospital.

On his phone were photos and videos of him behind the wheel of the stolen car, which the gang had tried to sell, the court heard.

But following Mr Islam’s death and the publicity, they instead burnt it out to destroy evidence.

Simon Csoka QC, mitigating, said the teenager has significant learning difficulties and an attention deficit disorder, but was now making progress.

He added: ‘He does have comprehension of the enormity of the loss he has caused.’

Co-defendant Connor Read, 18, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, was given 13 months detention suspended for two years and ordered to do 120 hours unpaid work.

A second teenager, aged 15, is yet to be sentenced for conspiracy to steal. Two others, both aged 18, are due in court on the same charge on Tuesday.

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