Officer admits 'gap in the law' let driver go free who almost killed teen in South Croydon

Sutton Guardian: Miriam Parker (left) with sisters Loren and Kirsty Miriam Parker (left) with sisters Loren and Kirsty

A senior police officer has admitted a "gap in the law" meant a driver who ran a red light and seriously injured a teenager avoided jail.

Selsdon man Amin Aminullah, 41, drove through a red light at a pelican crossing in Selsdon Park Road, South Croydon, and ploughed into 17-year-old Carshalton girl Miriam Parker as she crossed the road on New Year's Day.

She was left in a coma and defied doctors' expectations by waking up but will still need care for the rest of her life.

Aminullah, however, has escaped with just a four year driving ban and a £1,400 fine after admitting careless driving.

Following the sentencing at Croydon Magistrates Court today, Acting Detective Inspector Mark Woollard, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "The standard of driving by Mr Aminullah fell below that of a competent and careful driver leading to a collision causing terrible injuries to the victim.

"The consequences of the collision have been emphasised to the court.

"There is an unfortunate gap in the law that does not allow a charge of causing serious injury by careless driving, which would have been more appropriate in this case."

Last week, we reported how Miriam's mum Davina said her daughter's life had been turned upside down by the incident. Her mum also said she did not believe the Aminullah's charge was correct.

The Crown Prosecution Service reviewed the charge after complaints from Miriam's family but decided not to change it.

Aminullah, of Addington Road, collided with the Archbishop Tenison High School pupil shortly before 9pm. He immediately stopped and called emergency services.

Miriam was taken to St Georges Hospital in Tooting for treatment to serious head injuries. Doctors warned that she may not survive the injuries but the confounded expectations to regain conciousness.

She was transferred to the Children's Trust centre in Tadworth where she has been undergoing extensive rehabilitation.

She hopes to return to school in September, although the aspiring nurse's hopes of going to university have been dealt a blow, despite her having three offers prior to the incident.

Aminullah admitted careless driving on July 2. He was also ordered to pay £150 in costs.
 

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6:11pm Tue 15 Jul 14

whysaythat says...

The sentence versus the injuries......no comparison at all. The law needs to change immediately in order for justice to actually mean justice.
The sentence versus the injuries......no comparison at all. The law needs to change immediately in order for justice to actually mean justice. whysaythat
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4:15pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ummagumma says...

What exactly is the Crown Prosecution Service there for? Has the world gone mad? I am disgusted!
What exactly is the Crown Prosecution Service there for? Has the world gone mad? I am disgusted! ummagumma
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9:42am Thu 17 Jul 14

alphabeti says...

Unfortunately the CPS has to try to ensure a result. The law gives way to much leeway in injuries involving motor vehicles. Every vehicle has the potential to kill or maim. We should set a far higher bar for driving standards with automatic bans for careless or reckless driving irrespective of outcome.

Although he has gotten off lightly it is at least a fairly lengthy ban. If he is found to be driving in that time there is the very real possibility of a custodial sentence. Let's hope he has learned his lesson and respects the decision of the courts.
Unfortunately the CPS has to try to ensure a result. The law gives way to much leeway in injuries involving motor vehicles. Every vehicle has the potential to kill or maim. We should set a far higher bar for driving standards with automatic bans for careless or reckless driving irrespective of outcome. Although he has gotten off lightly it is at least a fairly lengthy ban. If he is found to be driving in that time there is the very real possibility of a custodial sentence. Let's hope he has learned his lesson and respects the decision of the courts. alphabeti
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9:49am Thu 17 Jul 14

ummagumma says...

Thank you alphabeti, but if what you say is true, should it not be called the Cautious Prosecution Service?
Thank you alphabeti, but if what you say is true, should it not be called the Cautious Prosecution Service? ummagumma
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4:57pm Thu 17 Jul 14

alphabeti says...

ummagumma wrote:
Thank you alphabeti, but if what you say is true, should it not be called the Cautious Prosecution Service?
The CPS has to work within the bounds of the law. The law is inadequate.
[quote][p][bold]ummagumma[/bold] wrote: Thank you alphabeti, but if what you say is true, should it not be called the Cautious Prosecution Service?[/p][/quote]The CPS has to work within the bounds of the law. The law is inadequate. alphabeti
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2:10am Fri 18 Jul 14

G_Whiz says...

The gaps in the law are there to keep offenders free, put us all at risk and let criminals laugh at us! What else do you expect from our spineless governments?

You all read these news pages - the picture is quite clear.
The gaps in the law are there to keep offenders free, put us all at risk and let criminals laugh at us! What else do you expect from our spineless governments? You all read these news pages - the picture is quite clear. G_Whiz
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