Wednesday, 3 January 2007

The Killing of Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler

On 30 May 2003, 15-year-old friends, Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler, were knocked down by a hit-and-run driver in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Scott died in Ipswich Hospital shortly afterwards. Dean died there the next day.

Zulfcar Ali, a drug addict who had failed his driving test four times, was high on heroin, cocaine and prescription drugs when his car clipped a lorry, mounted the pavement and ploughed into the two schoolboys and Dean's girlfriend. He only stopped because he crashed 300 yards down the road.

Moments before, Ali had sped away from home after a row with his wife over his habit. She had tried to stop him leaving by jumping on top of his Volvo, but he drove off anyway with her still on the bonnet.

In statements taken before the trial, Ali claimed that the boys had run out in front of him and he also said that he had failed to stop because other vehicles were behind him. However, by the time the case came before Ipswich Crown Court, Ali had admitted to two counts of manslaughter.

Judge John Devaux described his behaviour as "appalling, deliberate and aggressive." He added:

"Not one but two young lives were lost... but you continued as if nothing had happened and then you tried to run away."
Ali was imprisoned for 10 years.

Scott and Dean are pictured below:

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