Child suffers fracture skull after being hit by a stolen car
A CHILD playing in a street was left with a fractured skull after being hit by stolen hire car.
Shiraz Hoque was jailed for six months at Bolton Crown Court yesterday (TUE) after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence or insurance and obstructing a police officer.
Alison Heyworth, prosecuting, told how a Vauxhall Corsa had been hired by Hoque’s cousin, Faruquz Zaman, on July 3 and on July 15 he left the keys on a table at his aunt’s house and went out.
Hoque saw them and decided to take the car without asking his cousin and go for a drive.
He picked up his friend, Wasim Manjra, who he spotted coming out of a mosque, at 5pm.
“To be fair to the defendant, there is no suggestion that the driving was sub-standard in any way,” said Miss Heyworth.
Hoque, who it was claimed, had been travelling at between 10 and 15mph, stopped, picked up the little boy, who was lying in the road, and carried him into a nearby house, waiting until an ambulance arrived.
The court heard that Amaan spent two weeks in hospital being treated for a fractured skull, a right eye which was swollen shut, a cut right foot which needed nine stitches and a gravel rash along his right side. He is expected to make a full recovery.
But when Hoque was questioned by police he repeatedly gave false details, only admitting his identity after a police officer took him to an address he claimed he lived at.
“It quickly became apparent that the female who answered the door did not know the defendant,” said Miss Heyworth.
Jane Deakin, defending, said Hoque had panicked and “self-preservation kicked in”.
She added Hoque, aged 23, of Gordon Avenue, Deane, had not planned to take his cousin’s car, but said he may have wanted to impress his friends or show off.
Jailing Hoque, Judge Peter Davies told him his behaviour had been dishonest and reprehensible.
“We are all grateful that he (Amaan) is going to make a full recovery,” he said.
“This was a frightening incident for him, members of his family and members of his community.
“I have no alternative but to impose a custodial sentence.”
Hoque was also banned from driving for 12 months and is now barred from working with children and vulnerable adults .