Fugitive jailed for crash death

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Naeem Imran Rashid to serve nine years in jail after fleeing to Pakistan

AFTER 11 years on the run from the authorities a taxi driver will finally serve time behind bars for his crime. 

Naeem Imran Rashid was sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court to nine years and two months in prison for his involvement in the death of a 19-year-old student.

The 34-year-old pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving in April 2001 but absconded to Pakistan before sentencing.

The charges relate to an incident in June 2000, following a crash near Wollaton Park.

Rashid’s Peugeot 405 collided with a Rover after a four-mile pursuit through Nottingham city.

The Rover’s front seat passenger, Nardeep Singh Walia, a student at Leicester University from London, was killed and six other people injured.

Rashid, previously of Newstead Grove, Arboretum, was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

Nardeep’s sister Pam Ahluwalia said: “On behalf of my family I would like to thank Nottinghamshire Police, and specifically DI Stuart Kinton, for all the support they have given us over the years.

“Stuart never let up on this case and kept us in the loop every step of the way. He did everything he could to make sure Rashid got what he was due.

“The judge summed it up perfectly when he said Rashid showed no remorse at all for what he had done and tried to manipulate the system in any way he could. But finally justice prevailed.

“We will never get over the loss of our brother, but at least now with the closure of the case we can begin to move forward.”

 Rashid was re-arrested in April this year at Manchester Airport after collaborations between Nottinghamshire Police, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British High Commission in Islamabad, the Crown Prosecution Service and Rashid’s family.

 Retired DI Stuart Kinton, who has dealt with the case since Rashid’s arrest in 2000, said: “After 11 years on the run, Rashid will now have nine years in the one place to think about the devastating and compounding effects his crime and subsequent actions have had on the family of his victim. 

“I hope today’s outcome will bring some comfort to the Walia family, who have finally got some justice for Nardeep.”

Rashid received eight-and-a-half years for death by dangerous driving and eight months for skipping bail, a sum of nine years and two months in jail.

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