Driver responsible for mowing down pedestrians in revenge attack is jailed


A motorist who deliberately used his car as a 'lethal weapon' during a revenge attack has been jailed for 20 years.

Aqab Hussain, 21, of Rusholme, Manchester, climbed into his car and deliberately ploughed into a group of men following a minor spat outside of a Manchester nightclub.

Horrifying CCTV footage was released that captured the moment Hussain drives his car the wrong way down a city centre street and heads straight for the group of four young men.

The Vauxhall Corsa ploughs into partially-sighted Michael Ward and two of his friends, Paul Hulme and Martin Harris, sending the latter two flying into the air but carrying Mr Ward 100 metres down the road before swerving to dislodge him from the bonnet.

The 28-year-old Mr Ward was injured so severely that he was in intensive care for 20 days and spent around four months in a high dependency unit.

Meanwhile, the two friends Mr Hulme and Mr Harris suffered an array of injuries that included fractured bones and severe bruising after they were thrown into the air by the vehicle.

The fourth member of the group, Thomas Mallanphy, narrowly escaped injury after stepping back from the road, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Hussain made no attempt to stop the car following the incident and fled the country in a bid to escape the law. Police at Manchester airport arrested him seven weeks later as he attempted to return to the UK.

The Daily Mirror reported that Hussain was jailed for 20 years after being found guilty of four counts of attempted murder.

Rachael Pavion, District Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West, told the Manchester Evening News: "Aqab Hussain used his car as a weapon, he sought revenge by driving at speed deliberately at the four men with a clear intention to kill.

"After he struck his victims, he drove from the scene and showed complete disregard for the harm he had caused."

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