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13 October 2016, 15:44 | Updated: 13 October 2016, 20:21
A man from Burton who deliberately ran a man over leaving him in a coma has been jailed for 18 years.
A second man has been jailed for four years for assisting an offender.
Nadeem Akhtar, 37, of Shobnall Street, Burton, will serve 18 years in prison after being jailed at Stafford Crown Court today (Thursday 13 October). He was found guilty in June.
Mohammed Zufeer, 27, of Horninglow Road North, Burton, will serve four years for assisting an offender. He also was found guilty in June.
At around 10pm on Monday 20 July 2015, the victim, 50-year-old Mohammed Aziz from Burton, was walking home alone after visiting a local shop. As he walked along the pavement, a silver Ford Mondeo swerved across the road, mounted the pavement and deliberately struck him. Mr Aziz suffered extensive head and facial injuries. He has never regained consciousness and remains in hospital in a coma.
The following day, Tuesday 21 July, detectives carrying out inquiries in the local area located the Mondeo on the car park of the Royal Oak public house in Horninglow Street North. The vehicle was covered with a sheet and its registration plates and windscreen had been completely removed.
Zufeer was the insured driver. Witness evidence shows he drove past the abandoned car that day and he discarded a black bin bag in a bin at the rear of a local takeaway. When retrieved by detectives it was found to contain freshly washed wet clothing. Despite it being washed forensic examination found it covered in fragments of glass from the Mondeo’s windscreen and it was established to belong to Nadeem Akhtar.
Chief Inspector Steve Maskrey, commander of East Staffordshire Local Policing Team, said: "We welcome the sentences of these individuals and hope it shows our community how seriously we take this sort of behaviour. It absolutely will not be tolerated.
"Akthar escalated the dispute to carry out completely an unacceptable act of violence - leaving a man fighting for his life and devastating an entire family. There is no doubt that Nadeem Akhtar intended to kill Mr Aziz when he drove at him that night.
"We are aware this incident will have caused great concern and frightened local residents, and we want to reassure you this involved people known to each other, a small criminal minority who are now behind bars.
"We hope that by targeting the individuals involved we have put a stop to the activities of this small, criminal minority within the community. So that residents can live free from the fear and strife they have caused."