A 40-YEAR-OLD man who used his car as a weapon following a row at a 24-hour shop has been jailed for seven months.
A judge at Bradford Crown Court yesterday watched CCTV footage of angry Ajaz Ahmed deliberately driving his Vauxhall Astra into Raj Singh Barsran and his dog during the early morning incident in Nabcroft Lane, Crosland Moor, last October.
Mr Barsran later discharged himself from hospital after being treated for abrasions. His dog was unhurt.
Ahmed, who had driven off, was arrested at his home and dog hairs were found on the front bumper of the Astra.
Ahmed’s barrister Yunus Valli said there had been a disagreement between the men at the shop and his client was scared.
Mr Valli said it had been a very short piece of driving and Ahmed did not intend to cause any injuries.
Ahmed, of Cromarty Avenue, Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and Recorder Paul Isaacs said it was no thanks to him that the injuries were slight.
The judge said: “You are very lucky indeed that you do not face a more serious charge in this particular instance.’’
“There you were angry using your car as a weapon. In my judgement a custodial sentence is the only course open to this court.”
The judge said whatever had happened in the past between the two men it was no excuse for getting inhis car, waiting down the street and then driving deliberately at the complainant.
The judge said he was reducing the prison sentence from nine months to seven to take account of Ahmed’s guilty plea, but he added that he would also be banned from driving for two years.
Ahmed will also have to take an extended driving test before lawfully driving again.