Uninsured driver, 49, who had been driving without a licence for more than 10 YEARS ploughed into a patient and killed him moments after he’d been discharged from hospital
An uninsured driver who had been driving without a licence for more than 10 years ploughed into a patient and killed him just moments after he had been discharged from hospital.
Dalsooz Hussain, 49, was driving with his wife and six-year-old son in a rented minivan when he struck Colin Penman, 44, outside St James’ Hospital in Leeds.
Mr Penman had only just been discharged from the hospital when he stumbled and fell into the road at around 12.30am on May 28.
A passing motorist and police van stopped at the scene to assist him, with an officer turning the van’s headlights to full beam and illuminating its sirens to warn Hussain as he approached.
However, he missed the warnings and struck Mr Penman moments later.
The Kurdish national, who has numerous previous convictions for driving offences, did not apply the brakes of the silver Tourneo until after the collision, by which time the victim had been ‘dragged underneath the vehicle’.
He claimed he was blinded by the full beam headlights and, as a result, could not see Mr Penman in the road.
Hussain, though, pleaded guilty to causing death while driving uninsured and has been jailed for 14 months at Leeds Crown Court. He was also banned from driving for two years.
David McGonigal, prosecuting, told the court that Hussain hired the Ford Tourneo from a rental company in London at around 1pm on the day of the fatal collision.
Although Hussain was in possession of a foreign driving licence, he was not insured to drive the vehicle, the court heard.
Colin Penman, 44, from Sunderland, died after he was hit by a silver Ford Tourneo minibus in Beckett Street, Leeds
Police at the scene of the fatal collision near St James’ Hospital in Leeds. Mr Penman was using a crutch when he stumbled and fell into the road shortly after being discharged from the hospital
He was joined by his wife and six-year-old son in the minivan when he set off from London to drive back home to Leeds.
The prosecutor said Hussain did not have a valid UK driving licence and was ‘therefore not insured to drive’.
He added that Mr Penman, who suffered from mental health problems, had been discharged from hospital and was walking towards a nearby bus stop using a crutch.
The driver of a passing Toyota Yaris then spotted him appear to stumble into the road.
The Yaris driver subsequently made a U-turn to check if Mr Penman was okay, before a police van arrived at the scene.
Mr McGonigal told the court that Hussain was driving within the 30mph speed limit in Beckett Street towards the police van.
When he was around 25 metres away from Mr Penman, the police officer put the van’s headlights to full beam and turned on its sirens, while the Yaris driver also sounded his horn.
Mr McGonigal added: ‘The defendant was to tell police he became blinded by the full beam and distracted by the horn so didn’t see Mr Penman lying in the carriageway.
‘The car hit Mr Penman. The defendant then braked. Mr Penman was dragged under the Tourneo for a short distance.’
Mr Penman suffered multiple head and neck injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at 1.20am.
The court heard Hussain had a number of previous driving convictions, including being banned for 12 months in November 2010 after being caught behind the wheel with no insurance.
Hussain, who had numerous previous convictions for driving offences, has been jailed for 14 months
In May 2018, he was given six penalty points for driving without insurance, a licence and while under the influence of alcohol.
In November 2019, he was convicted of two counts of driving without a licence and a single count of no insurance.
Most recently, he was convicted of driving without a licence in April last year and handed five points and a fine in September.
Hussain had been charged with causing death by careless driving, but the prosecution later offered no evidence on the charge and a not guilty verdict was recorded.
Imran Khan, mitigating, told the court that Hussain has a licence abroad, adding that ‘he is very sorry for the death that has occurred’.
Passing sentence, Judge Tom Bayliss QC told the court Hussain was ‘flagrantly in disregard’ to UK driving laws.
He added: ‘You did not hold and have never held a valid UK driving licence. The consequence of that is you were not insured to drive the vehicle.
‘You had been driving in the UK without a licence for many years.
‘Despite all the previous appearances alerting you to the illegality of your driving you continued to drive, flagrantly in disregard to the laws of the UK.’
He added that the maximum sentence for causing death by driving without a licence is two years’ imprisonment.
Hussain, of Seaforth Place, Harehills, was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for two years.