On 2 July 2008, The Daily Mail reported thus:
“Vikki, a psychology student at Manchester University, was hit by Raja Ahmed's private-hire car as she crossed the road after a night out.So, a judge believes that a driver who killed a young woman was speeding, a punishable offence in itself, and was, therefore, lying to the court (another punishable offence) when he insisted that he was not speeding. He also states that that driver was not driving to a ‘reasonable and competent’ standard.
Ahmed denied careless driving, claiming he was only doing 25mph. But the judge said he must have been speeding and should have seen Vikki as she crossed the road. He added:
‘I think Ahmed departed from the standard of a reasonable and competent driver’.”
Presumably, therefore, given what he says here, Judge Tim Devas thinks that if Raja Ahmed had been driving reasonably and competently, Vikki would still be with us.
Guess what happened next.
Judge Tim said:
“I don't think I need to ban you from driving.”He then fined Ahmed just £250 and put six points on his licence!
Vikki’s mum, Madelaine, said:
“He was speeding and wasn't paying attention in a well-lit area. I will never get my daughter back but he only gets a fine.”Cathy Keeler of the road safety group Brake, added:
“A £250 fine for causing a death through illegal driving does nothing to recognise the devastating loss of life.”A £250 fine, six points on his licence and a learned judge thinks he shouldn’t be banned from driving.
You just get out there and carry on as normal, Raja! I'll have no punishment worthy of the name for a incompetent, manslaughtering liar emerge from my court!
Really, you just couldn't make it up.