‘Show-off’ Driver jailed for Killing Man while Speeding

A man from Batley has been jailed for “showing off” while speeding, knocking down and killing a 33-year-old man.

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"another man who was effectively showing off."

Dawood Kasuji, aged 28, of Batley, was jailed for six years after he knocked down and killed a man while speeding.

Leeds Crown Court heard that the incident happened on October 12, 2018.

Kasuji had been driving passengers in a BMW 325 at speeds of at least 55 mph when he hit Stephen James Linley as he crossed the road on Black Bull Street near Armouries Way.

Stephen tragically died at the scene due to the injuries he suffered.

Kasuji was arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He was found guilty of the charge after denying the offences.

DC Clare Barran of the Major Collision and Enquiry Team, said:

“This has been a dreadful case in which a much loved and respected man with his whole life ahead of him has been robbed of his future by another man who was effectively showing off.

“The tributes paid to Stephen speak volumes about his character and his loss continues to haunt his family to this day.

“Kasuji chose to increase their suffering by putting them through a trial and I am pleased he has been sentenced following a unanimous guilty verdict.

“I would also like to thank witnesses who came forwards and provided key information which supported the investigation and helped put Kasuji behind bars.

“This case stands as a tragic example of the dreadful consequences dangerous driving can have.”

Dawood Kasuji was sentenced to six years in prison.

After sentencing, Stephen’s family said in a statement:

“The family would like to recognise the efforts of all of the officers who have worked on the case, especially the family liaison officer who has kept us informed throughout.

“We are also deeply grateful to the people who responded at the time of the impact and offered what assistance they could in the face of a violent road traffic event.

“Stephen was a popular and much loved young man.

“He had his life exactly where he wanted it, a loving family, firm friends, supportive colleagues and a job that fulfilled him in a city he loved.

“Best of all, he had met the love of his life, his soul mate and had shared his plans with us to propose and get married.

“It is not just Stephen’s life that has viciously been taken from us, his little brother has lost his childhood through the mental trauma it has caused him, his sister has lost a supportive and loving brother, we have lost our future daughter in law and the prospect of grandchildren.

“Stephen’s death was sudden, violent and completely avoidable.

“The ripples of the damage that has been caused, the pain we have felt and will feel for the rest of our lives rolls on.”

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