"You have ruined his life"
Jamil Ahmed, aged 37, of Oldham, was jailed for 15 years after he deliberately ran over his uncle following a family feud.
The revenge-fuelled daylight attack caused the 50-year-old victim to have his right leg amputated and left him in a wheelchair.
Michael Lavery, prosecuting, said the dispute had been over a plot of land in Pakistan.
Manchester Crown Court heard that a few months before the attack, the victim travelled to the country and “tensions were building” within the family.
The victim wanted to build on the land, but the intended building work was frustrated after a ‘stay’ was put on the plot.
Mr Lavery said threats followed, with Ahmed calling his uncle and warning him that if he returned to England, he’d “have him shot” or “have his legs broken”.
The victim believed they were empty threats and he returned to the UK.
A week later at 8 pm on May 14, 2021, the victim parked his taxi on Whitehouse Street. He had the bonnet up and was putting water into the car.
He soon heard a “very loud” car coming from behind.
Ahmed drove onto the curb and hit his uncle, crushing him between his car and Ahmed’s Skoda Octavia.
Ahmed, who was armed with a steering lock, got out of his car and shouted:
“I’m going to kill you.”
A member of the public disarmed Ahmed, but he then started punching his uncle as he writhed in agony on the ground.
When members of the public intervened, Ahmed drove off.
The victim’s injuries were so serious, he had to have his right leg amputated.
Police later found the Skoda abandoned about half a mile away.
In the early hours of the following day, Ahmed turned up outside Oldham Police Station claiming that he needed protection as he had been threatened.
He was arrested and admitted that he had been the driver of the Skoda.
Ahmed admitted to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Stephen Grattage, for Ahmed, said his client wanted to apologise to his uncle.
He said: “He told me nobody deserves to be injured like that, and he is very sorry.
“The people who know Mr Ahmed say how kind and a responsible man he has always been.
“He was an upstanding man of society, a taxi driver before this incident.”
The victim described how losing his leg has had a devastating impact on his life.
He said: “I was once a taxi driver who had a good and steady income, my family were supported and it was a profession I was proud of, and actually loved driving.
“Within the space of minutes that has been wiped away from me.”
The man is in constant pain and has to live in a downstairs room in his home. He has been advised to remain in a wheelchair as using crutches could cause him to injure his other leg.
He added: “I was such a bubbly well-liked man, and now I feel like I have nothing to give, relying on people to care for me.
“I was the man of the house, the main source of income. Now I can’t afford to support my children through university.”
Speaking of his nephew Ahmed, he said: “I hope I never have to see him again.
“Even when he completely smashed my leg and foot to pieces he was still not satisfied enough.”
“He has no remorse whatsoever.
“Every time I close my eyes all I see are flashbacks of the attack.”
Ahmed had claimed that he had come across his uncle in a “chance encounter”.
But Judge Hilary Manley said it had been a planned attack.
She told Ahmed: “You have ruined his life, and blighted the life of his immediate family.
“No sentence I pass can compensate for what you did to him.”
Ahmed was jailed for 15 years.
DC James Rothwell, of GMP’s Oldham district, said:
“The impact this incident had on the victim will last him a lifetime but I hope today’s result provides him with a sense of closure.
“This case just goes to show that Greater Manchester Police is committed to investigating and solving crime – ensuring that those responsible for crimes are brought to face justice.”