Man jailed over Wolverhampton crash that killed two brothers

  • By Alice Cullinane & PA Media
  • BBC News, West Midlands

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Sanjay and Pawanveer Singh were in a BMW when it was hit by another vehicle

A man who killed two brothers aged 23 months and 10 years in a car crash has been jailed.

Mohammed Sullaiman Khan, 28, admitted causing death by dangerous driving after the crash on Birmingham New Road, Wolverhampton, in March 2019.

Khan had been driving his Audi “competitively” against a Bentley at speeds of up to 92mph before he hit a BMW driven by the boys’ mother.

He was sentenced to 13 years in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

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Mohammed Sullaiman Khan pleaded guilty causing death by dangerous driving

Khan was driving at more than twice the 40mph speed limit before he crashed at about 20:45 GMT, the court heard.

Sanjay, 10, and 23-month-old Pawanveer Singh died at the scene.

The boys’ mother, Arathi Nahar, was left with serious back injuries as a result of the crash.

He fled the scene and tried to cover up his actions with his brother.Mohammed Asim Khan made a false report to West Midlands Police, declaring that the Audi had been stolen in a burglary.

Asim Khan was given an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Unbearable trauma

The court was read a statement by Ms Nahar which described how her life had changed since the day her “beautiful” boys died.

She said her sons gave her joy and a reason to get up each day.

“My house, my life and I died on March 14 2019. Every birthday and Christmas, I feel I am not able to function because the trauma is unbearable.

“My sons’ lives were taken in a horrific way and there is no coming back from that,” the statement said.

In addition to the prison term, Sullaiman Khan was disqualified from driving for seven years following his release, and will have to take an extended driving test.

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Numerous floral tributes were left where the crash happened

Prosecutor Robert Price told the court that Sullaiman Khan returned to the scene of the fatal crash at about 23:00 GMT but did not hand himself in to police.

Defending, Michael Duck KC said Sullaiman Khan had written a letter explaining his remorse for his actions, adding that becoming a father in July last year had given him “genuine insight” into the pain he had caused.

Judge Michael Chambers said he did not accept the statement of remorse. Describing the case as “truly shocking”, he said the loss of the two boys in the circumstances was “quite unimaginable”.

“What happened was truly appalling and completely unlawful. Nothing I can say will put the clock back,” he said.


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