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SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Student spared jail time after crashing car stolen from Harpenden

 Published on: 14th April 2023   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

A university student from Ilford crashed a Range Rover he had stolen from a house in Harpenden.

Akram Uddin, 21, was chased by the police who had been alerted by the car’s owner early on June 22, 2021.

Prosecutor James Ortiz said the Range Rover was seen heading along London Road in St Albans onto the A414.

He drove at 80 miles per hour in a 30 zone as he tried to get away from the officers who had their siren sounding and lights flashing.

Uddin went through a red light before mounting a roundabout and stopping on the other side. He ran off, but was arrested shortly afterwards, said Mr Ortiz.

He made no comment when questioned by the police.

Uddin, of Green Lane, Ilford, appeared for sentence for theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving. He was on licence for a drug offence that had been committed after he stole the car.

Defending, Natasha Dardashti said there was no explanation given for why it had taken so long to charge Uddin with the car offence.

Since he had been released from a Young Offender Institute for the drug offence she said he had turned his life around and was now studying business management at university.

“He was traumatised in prison. He said he was stupid and made bad decisions at that time (of his arrest.)”

She said he had pleaded guilty at the magistrates’ court and did not intend to get into trouble again. “He is remorseful and very sorry for his behaviour,” she said.

Recorder Elroy Claxton sentenced him to 12 months in jail suspended for 2 years. He must complete 180 hours’ unpaid work and attend 10 rehabilitation days and a thinking skills programme. He was banned from driving for 3 years.

In addition he must pay £200 prosecution costs, abide by a curfew for 4 months between 7pm and 7am.

The judge told him: “You must understand your lawlessness could have led to the death or injury of a member the public or indeed yourself.”

Suspending the sentence, the judge said: “You will not be given the same chance again. Do you understand?”

Uddin replied: “Thank you.”

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