‘Blackouts’ woman caused fatal Sutton smash after being told not to drive

Mirror Online
Mirror Online

*Here’s a case from Birmingham Crown Court which received national coverage this weekend online in The Mirror, Mail Online and The Express, in print in the Daily Express and Daily Star and regional coverage in the Sutton Coldfield Observer and the Northampton Chronicle & Echo

A woman suffering blackouts and blurred vision went on to cause a fatal road smash just days after being ordered by doctors not to drive.

Stephanie Oakenfull, 28, was also found to be nearly twice the drink drive limit four hours after she smashed head on into another car killing Kay Smith, 53.

Oakenfull wept as she was jailed for six years at Birmingham Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving and was banned from the roads for seven years.

She also admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and driving without due care an attention.

It was heard she got behind the wheel of her Vauxhall Corsa on February 21 last year, days after being ordered not to drive by doctors.

She had also failed to tell the DVLA of a mystery condition which was causing her to suffer blackouts, blurred vision and memory loss.

Well loved Mrs Smith died of chest injuries following the smash near Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.

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Mail Online

Judge Mark Wall QC told a sobbing Oakenfull, from Piddington, Northamptonshire; “You were aware and telling members of your family in the days leading up to this appalling driving you were suffering blurred vision and lapses in concentration.

“(You had) been told by a doctor you should not be driving and you should report it to the DVLA.

“You were well aware of the condition you were suffering and well aware you should not be driving that day.”

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Serial drink driver a ‘death in waiting’ says judge

Abeer Hussain - Picture from West Midlands Police
Abeer Hussain – Picture from West Midlands Police

 *Here’s a case I covered last week which was picked up by The Sun, The Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and in print by the Daily Star*

As we come into the drink driving season (are we ever out of it?) a judge said he was unable to protect the public from a “deadly” drink driver because of sentencing limits.

Days before police forces began their annual clampdown on boozed up drivers Recorder Stephen Lowne said Abeer Hussain, 29, was a “death in waiting” and that it was a “tragedy” he could not jail the drunk for more than 27 months.

Hussain, of Cuthbert Road, Winson Green, Birmingham, had three previous convictions for drink driving when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court for a fourth on November 26.

With previous convictions for drink driving from 2006 and 2014, Hussain was charged with dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and drink driving in May this year.

While awaiting sentence for those offences he was arrested drunk behind the wheel again in November and jailed for 16 weeks by Birmingham Magistrates for drink driving and driving while banned.

Both times he was around twice the legal limit.

He was jailed by Recorder Lowne for 21 months for dangerous driving, three months for drink driving and three months for driving while disqualified.

All of those terms are to be served on top of the 16 weeks handed down by the mags on November 9.

But as he jailed Hussain, the Recorder said it was a “tragedy” he couldn’t lock up serial drink driver for longer in order to protect the public from his lethal habits.

Recorder Lowne said: “It is a tragedy I can’t protect the public by imposing a sentence that is deserved because of the maximum limit for offences of dangerous driving.

“I have no hope whatsoever that you will reform, that once released you won’t get drunk and get behind the wheel of a car.

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Dough! Driver jailed over attempt to be fastest pizza delivery man in the West…Midlands

Picture from West Midlands Police
Picture from West Midlands Police

A pizza delivery man’s attempt to emulate Benny Hill’s eponymous milkman Ernie landed him in jail after he was spotted jumping five red lights on a busy Birmingham road.

Rizwan Tasib, 27, who had no licence, a driving ban and had taken his dad’s Toyota car without permission was spotted by an off duty cop driving in an “appalling” manner.

The pizza man, of Stechford Lane, barely touched the brakes as he jumped red lights along Bromford Lane in Birmingham on the night of August 28 as he tried to be the fastest delivery man in the West.

A judge described dad-of-one Tasib as a “menace” and “a death waiting to occur.”

He admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, possession of cocaine, driving with no insurance and while disqualified at an earlier hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

Appearing for sentence at Birmingham Crown Court he was jailed for 15 months.

Recorder Stephen Lowne said; “In short you are a menace on the road, a death waiting to occur.
“I can’t take any chances with you whatsoever.

“You are a significant danger on the road.

“In my judgement a suspended sentence would allow you to offend again and risk killing someone.”

Tasib was spotted by off-duty Sgt Simon Patten at around 11pm on August 24 on Bromford Lane near junction six of the M6 motorway.

The pizza delivery driver overtook the cop and jumped a red light.

Patrick Sullivan, prosecuting, said; “He didn’t even slow down, he didn’t brake.

“The officer followed around 50m behind and came to a second set of red lights at Fort Parkway.

“They were going from red to amber and other cars were waiting in a queue – he went straight through.

“Onto the next crossing where Bromford Road meets Bromford Lane, even at that time of day there is a lot of traffic so to go through those lights on red is extremely dangerous.

“Two vehicles has to slow down to avoid what would have been an inevitable collision if they had not taken action in the notorious accident black spot.”

Mr Sullivan described the road as a main arterial route through the city and said Tasib jumped a further two red lights before stopping.

“It was a piece of driving the officer found appalling.

“(Tasib) pulled up outside Pizza Masters and got out.

“He was a delivery man – he had pizza bags in hand that keep the pizza warm.

“He was calm and said he had to deliver money to the owners, he conceded he had no excuse (for the driving) and conceded it was his father’s car.”

During police interview he tried to claim he thought he was being followed by somebody who wanted to harm him but eventually admitted all of the charges against him.

Rashad Mohammed, defending, said Tasib had tried too hard to impress the manager of Pizza Master in an effort to land a job.

He said; “The pizza shop was in the process of offering him a job and they asked him to demonstrate the speediness of his deliveries.

“That may be an explanation in part of why he was driving this way on that particular day.

“His driving was clearly dangerous and it was fortune, rather than judgement, that there was no collision.

“The driving was really short-lived and the defendant was not speeding to great excess.”

Tasib was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended test.

JAILED: Drunk driver who narrowly missed runners at the Morrison’s 10k Fun Run in Birmingham

Ibrar Boston

Runners were forced to dive out of the way of a drunk driver who burst onto the course of a 10k family fun run while more than twice the drink drive limit.

Jobless Ibrar Boston, 36, swerved and drove at speed in a blue Renault Megane along cordoned off roads in Birmingham during the Morrison’s Fun Run in May.

He missed competitors by inches.

Thousands of runners, including Game of Thrones star Jerome Flynn, took part in the inaugural run through the city.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Boston, of Cooksey Road, Birmingham, drove over a grass verge to get around barriers.

When confronted by police, he reversed at speed before driving around cones into a lane where runners were taking part in the race on Pershore Road in the city centre.

He went on to plead guilty to dangerous driving and drink driving.

Judge Paul Farrer, QC, jailing Boston for 14 months said;  “You were drunk and chose to drive away from the police.

“You put numerous members of the public in very real and immediate danger.

“I have no hesitation concluding an immediate sentence of imprisonment is demanded here.”

He told the disgraced driver, who had previous convictions for being drunk behind the wheel: “You pulled through cones and swerved towards runners, you undoubtedly would have struck a number of those runners if they hadn’t taken evasive actions.

“The fact there were no serious injuries was not by virtue of care where you are concerned.

“It’s is by virtue of fortunate happenstance those runners managed to get out of the way.

“You missed one of them by inches.”

Boston then drove away at speed before ploughing into metal barriers on nearby Gooch Street suffering a fractured skull.

Despite his injury he managed to climb out of the passenger side door and tried to escape on foot before being snared by police.

A breathalyzer three hours later revealed Boston was still twice over the drink drive limit blowing 70mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Ibrar Boston, jailed for 14 months for dangerous driving and drink driving. Boston, 36, drove onto the course of the Morrison's Birmingham 10K in May 2015 narrowly missing runners.

David Bennett, prosecuting, said a drunk Boston first approached a cordon near Pershore Street in the city centre where competitors were still running.

He told a race marshal he was trying to get to his his pregnant wife.

Mr Bennett said; “The marshal prevented the defendant driving onto the course.

“He reversed at speed and pulled a hand brake turn.

“The marshal described him as smelling of alcohol and being as high as a kite.”

It was ten minutes later Boston drove over a grass verge onto a cordoned-off section of the race route.

He ended up trapped behind a council bin lorry and was shouting at the driver when a police motor biker approached him.

Boston got back into his car and, despite being told to turn off the engine, reversed, narrowly missing the cop, then drove onto the other side of the road where competitors were still running.

Mr Bennett said; “There were hundreds of people on the other side of the road.

“He headed towards runners who jumped out of the way to avoid being struck.

“The defendant approached some competitors from behind missing them by centimetres.

“As they realised what was going on they jumped out of the way.”

Boston was also banned from driving for four years and a month and ordered to pay the £900 criminal court charge.

Simon Williams, defending, said Boston had got his life on track between 2010 and this year when working for Jaguar.

However he turned to drink when made redundant in January.

Mr Williams told the court; “Not even he can explain why he behaved in that manner on that day.

“The only thing he can offer the court is sorry.

“He has no answer but is deeply ashamed, shocked and remorseful.”