Thief stole Car with Child Inside then Ran Over Mother

A 41-year-old thief from Stoke on Trent stole a car with a 15-year-old boy inside and then ran over his mother.

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"She stands in the road and is hit by the vehicle."

Tahir Mahmood, aged 41, of Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for five years and three months after he stole a car with a child inside and then ran over his mother.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that on September 20, 2021, Sarah Chetwynd and her sister went into Mr Chips, in Bloxwich Road, Walsall, leaving her son and adult nephew in the unlocked car.

At around 6:45 pm, Mahmood rushed to the car and yelled at the 15-year-old to “get the f*** out of the car”.

He also threatened to drive off with him.

The boy was left terrified he would be kidnapped and was left in tears, which caused his asthma symptoms to flare and triggered a panic attack.

Prosecutor Andrew Wilkins said Ms Chetwynd rushed out of the chip shop and tried to stop Mahmood from driving off.

He ended up striking her with the car, knocking her to the ground.

Mr Wilkins said: “The parents who are in the takeaway hear the commotion, they run out to see what’s going on.

“They see Mahmood driving the vehicle at some speed in Bloxwich Road and Essex Road.

“Ms Chetwynd tries to stop the vehicle leaving. She stands in the road and is hit by the vehicle.”

Mahmood drove off before crashing into another car with such force, it spun and ended up facing in the wrong direction.

Mahmood fled the scene afterwards but was later arrested after being pointed out by a passer-by.

He then became “abusive and aggressive” towards police, kicking and threatening to bite them.

The defendant admitted arson, aggravated vehicle taking, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of assault on an emergency worker, driving without insurance and failing to stop.

Ms Chetwynd said the ordeal “shocked” her.

In a statement, she said: “It initially left me fearing for my life.

“I’m scared this will cause me post-traumatic stress in the future.”

Andrew Baker, defending, said Mahmood returned to drug use after the breakdown of his marriage.

He took the vehicle “intending to crash”, the court was told.

Mahmood has 14 convictions for 48 offences, with “the bulk” of them driving-related.

The court heard that Mahmood also “firebombed” a VW Passat on July 22, 2021.

He got his daughter to fill up a petrol can at a Shell garage.

At around 10 pm, he was spotted outside a shop in a “dishevelled state” asking a passer-by to buy bottles of water for him.

Mahmood was spotted on CCTV filling the bottles with petrol and putting “something white” on the top of each one.

He then threw them over the fence, with three of them hitting the car.

The car, which was destroyed, had recently been bought for £800, with the owner spending £400 on repairs before it was set alight.

Judge Rhona Campbell told Mahmood:

“You got into that car and drove away, swearing and shouting. They left the vehicle in a state of significant upset and distress.

“You then started driving the vehicle at some speed.

“You collided into Ms Chetwynd without any slowing or stopping. She was knocked to the ground.”

Mahmood was jailed for five years and three months.

He also received a two-year driving ban.

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