Judge Colin Burn Criticised for NOT Jailing Banned Driver Sajid Hussain in Manningham

Judge Colin Burn has been criticised by MPs and a road safety charity for not jailing a banned driver Sajid Hussain, 29, of Ashwell Road, Manningham, on a dangerous chase across Bradford and caught using mobile phone while driving.

Sajid Hussain, 29, sped off when ordered to stop on Leeds Road at 4pm on January 14. He was banned for 12 months for driving with excess alcohol two months earlier.

He admitted dangerous driving, driving while using a hand-held phone, driving while disqualified and having no vehicle insurance.

He received 3 months prison, suspended for 12 months.

Mr Davies said: “Clearly, this sentence is completely unacceptable for me. The judge seems to use this as a matter of course. If a judge is not prepared to send people to prison then they should not be a judge.”

Judith Cummins, MP for Bradford South, said: “He is concerned that sentencing should reflect the severity of the offence and above all ensure the safety of road users and pedestrians.”

Peter Yates, barrister for Sajid Hussain said his client was recently married and his wife was pregnant.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Sentencing decision are a matter for the independent judiciary, taking into account the full facts of each case.”

Original News Source: T&A