Doctor keeps his job despite running over dog walker in road rage row

‘Heartless’ doctor, 41, keeps his job despite running over dog walker, 84, and hurling abuse at him in road rage row over parking spot

  • Shah Ali, 41, deliberately drove at the 84-year-old man in 2018, the court found
  • He sped off without checking on the elderly victim, who suffered minor injuries
  • At 2020 court hearing, judge said: ‘You were so heartless you didn’t look around’
  • Today it emerged the doctor had been suspended from practice for six months
  • A junior doctor who ran over a dog walker and hurled abuse at him during a road rage row over a parking space is to keep his job.

    Shah Ali, 41, deliberately drove at the 84-year-old man in his Mini Cooper and knocked him over when the pair went ‘nose to nose’ in their vehicles at a car park in Moseley, Birmingham.

    Ali then sped off without checking on the elderly victim, known only as ‘Mr P’, who got to his feet and was later treated in hospital for minor injuries.

    In April 2020 Ali, who denied wrongdoing, was given a suspended prison sentence after being convicted of dangerous driving.

    Today it emerged the doctor had been suspended from practice for six months after being found guilty of misconduct charges. 

    He had previously escaped being struck off for poor performance and dishonesty after he lied in a job interview.

    Shah Ali (pictured above), 41, deliberately drove at the man, 84, and knocked him over when the pair went 'nose to nose' in their vehicles at a car park in Moseley, Birmingham

    Shah Ali (pictured above), 41, deliberately drove at the man, 84, and knocked him over when the pair went ‘nose to nose’ in their vehicles at a car park in Moseley, Birmingham

    The road rage incident took place in August 2018 after Ali, who used to work at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, West Midlands, was driving out of Highbury Park.

    The elderly man was driving a Volvo on an access road and had turned right to go into the car park intending to take his dog for a walk, but both vehicles then found themselves ‘nose to nose’ and the doctor ‘saw red.’

    Mr P got out of his vehicle only for Ali to launch a tirade at him. 

    The pensioner tried to explain he wanted to park in one of the two spaces available but was met with another ‘diatribe of abuse’ by Ali.

    As the victim tried to pacify his dog who had started yelping in the back of vehicle, Ali revved the engine of his car, reversed slightly then drove towards the Volvo where he was standing by the open driver’s side door.

    At first it seemed the doctor, who works in medical administration, was going to drive round the Volvo but then changed the angle and struck the victim with the wing mirror of his Mini causing the victim to fall to the ground.

    An eyewitness said the Mini’s wheels ‘were spinning up chunks of gravel all over the place’ as Ali drove off.

    Mr P fell to the floor but got up and walked his dog. He later went to hospital to be treated for a cut to his wrist plus bruising and swelling to his right hand.

    At Birmingham Crown Court, Ali, of Birmingham, was sentenced to nine months suspended for two years, ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work, pay £300 compensation plus £2,800 costs and was banned from the roads for 18 months. 

    He later referred himself to the General Medical Council (GMC).

    At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, Robin Kitching, lawyer for the GMC, said: ‘Dr Ali lacks personal insight, although he has developed an understanding of how having a conviction of this nature reflects on the profession and public trust and confidence in the profession generally.

    ‘This was the use of a vehicle driven at another person in his early to mid-eighties. The injury caused was thankfully minor but there was a risk of serious injury, and a risk of death. 

    The road rage incident took place in August 2018 after Ali, who used to work at Russells Hall Hospital (file photo above) in Dudley, West Midlands, was driving out of Highbury Park

    The road rage incident took place in August 2018 after Ali, who used to work at Russells Hall Hospital (file photo above) in Dudley, West Midlands, was driving out of Highbury Park

    ‘The whole incident involved a complete loss of temper on Dr Ali’s part and involved him using inappropriate language. Dr Ali then left the scene, leaving Mr P injured on the floor.

    ‘There has been no true remorse for what he had done because he has not accepted that he committed the criminal offence for which he was charged and convicted.’

    Ali’s lawyer, Matthew Kewley, said: ‘The fact that Dr Ali maintains his innocence should not be held against him in any way. 

    ‘The fact he has engaged so well with the orders of the criminal sentence is testament to the fact that he understands he must engage fully, embrace and atone for what the court found had happened.

    ‘There is nothing to suggest Dr Ali is at risk of engaging in any similar conduct in the future. This case arises from a single incident in the summer of 2018 – Dr Ali has not been in trouble with the law either before or since.’

    Mr Kewley said Ali had been working in a highly deprived area of Birmingham and supporting a team made up of GP’s, pharmacists, nurses and administrative staff. 

    He had also volunteered with a charity helping the homeless and worked in a soup kitchen in Birmingham.

    A senior colleague described him as being ‘caring, diligent, great team player and someone who goes the extra mile’.

    At Birmingham Crown Court (file photo above), Ali, of Birmingham, was sentenced to nine months suspended for two years, ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work, pay £300 compensation plus £2,800 costs and was banned from the roads for 18 months

    At Birmingham Crown Court (file photo above), Ali, of Birmingham, was sentenced to nine months suspended for two years, ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work, pay £300 compensation plus £2,800 costs and was banned from the roads for 18 months

    Tribunal chairman Ms Ijeoma Omambala said: ‘Dr Ali has made some efforts to remediate his behaviour. He has continued to complete the appraisal process at his own expense and to submit appraisal documentation.

    ‘He has tried to understand and manage his experiences and there has been a significant period of time since the offence itself. No patient safety concerns have been identified in this case and this was a one-off incident.

    ‘The tribunal noted Dr Ali has engaged with probation service personnel, paid his fines and largely completed the community work element of his sentence. He has also sought assistance and intends to continue to do so.

    ‘Dr Ali had benefitted from support from close family members and practised meditation to support his spiritual wellbeing. 

    ‘While Dr Ali’s actions constituted a serious offence involving violence against an elderly, and therefore vulnerable individual, the Tribunal concluded erasure would be disproportionate and unnecessary.’

    Ali will face a review hearing later this year.

    At his court hearing in 2020, Judge Richard Bond told him: ‘This was a clear case of road rage and the language you used was absolutely disgusting. You were so heartless you did not look around. You intended to hit him.

    ‘You are a man I find hard to sympathise with. You deliberately drove at an old man contrary to all the public hopes and expectations of a man who had trained and qualified as a medical doctor. 

    ‘You have shown no remorse whatsoever. That really is a pity from a man in your position.’

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