Death-drive peer may serve just 18 days of jail term
Text messages: Lord Ahmed
The Labour peer jailed for dangerous driving after sending texts on the M1 before a fatal crash could be freed just 18 days into his 12-week sentence.
Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Britain’s first Muslim peer, was sent to Doncaster Prison last week but his lawyer believes he could be released early.
If so, he would have to wear an electronic tag confining him to his home between 8pm and 6am.
Lord Ahmed would be eligible for parole after six weeks, but his solicitor Steve Smith said: ‘Lord Ahmed is clearly no danger to the public and in these circumstances the prison authorities can consider early release. He has to serve a minimum of 18 days.’
Lord Ahmed admitting sending texts minutes before his Jaguar hit a stationary Audi near Rotherham on Christmas Day 2007, killing its driver, Martyn Gombar, 28. The prosecution did not link the texting to the crash.
‘The prison governor will have to decide whether he is a suitable candidate for release and I think he is,’ said Mr Smith. ‘They know he will not try to escape.
‘His life and career have been wrecked for the sake of 18 days in prison. It is pathetic.’
Mr Gombar’s 36-year-old widow Monica â€“ who is already planning to appeal against the original sentence in the European courts â€“ said: ‘I would not be happy with a decision to release Lord Ahmed on a tag. It is one rule for Lords and another for everyone else.’
The Ministry of Justice refused to comment on individual cases.
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A BritishÂ judge has ruled that Britain’s (first muslim)Â Lord Ahmed is going to jail for causing the death of a man.Â Lord Ahmed famous for his recent threats to have10,000 angry muslims take to the streetsÂ and lay siege toÂ theÂ House of LordsÂ if Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, was to be allowed to show his filmÂ FITNAÂ to the Lords- AND whoÂ alsoÂ wantedÂ British Jews arrested and tried for “war crimes”Â Â The bad news is –Â the jail term is NOT long enough.
Ahmed was busy tapping long textÂ messagesÂ whilest driving onÂ the M1 – aÂ major motorway. Thus he was too busy to see a auto accident before him and the young man,Â Martyn Gombar, 28, Â trying to retrieveÂ his phone from the disabled vehicle. Ahmed crashed into the carÂ – killing Mr. Gombar – and leaving two little children fatherless.
True to form, the Lord Ahmed’s barristerÂ spokeÂ to the presiding judge in glowing termsÂ how Ahmed has servedÂ hisÂ community and has spoken out to others againstÂ text messaging while driving. WOW! – now there’s reason to give a light sentence for killing a man. On the other hand, Mr Gombar’s having been drinking, was reason to cast the deceased man as the wrongdoer.
ItÂ is a travesty of justice that a human life is worth only 12 weeks in jail and a small fine AND even more disgusting that Ahmed willÂ only have to serve 6 weeks before he is released.
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