Burnley danger driver jailed for 16 months

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Zahid Tabassum Zahid Tabassum

A DANGER driver who led police on a chase for the second time has been locked up for 16 months — the maximum sentence — again.

Zahid Tabassum, 31, had clocked up 50mph in 30mph residential areas of Burnley and 88mph in more open country.

Tabassum, who wasn’t insured on either occasion and didn’t have a licence, didn’t cause a smash this time, but a judge told the town’s crown court that the maximum jail term was the only way to deal with his continued driving offences.

The court heard the defendant, who has about 10 convictions for getting behind the wheel while banned, was sent to custody for 16 months and banned for three years in 2009.

On that occasion, he had been disqualified when a high-speed pursuit ended with him crashing into a lamp-post.

He had reached up to 65 mph in built-up areas, gone the wrong way around bollards at a roundabout, overtaken on a pelican crossing and forced other drivers to stop to avoid him, including a packed bus.

For his latest offences, Tabassum was banned for five years and must again take an extended re-test.

Tabassum, of Barden Lane, Burnley, had admitted dangerous driving, no licence and no insurance and had been committed for sentence by magistrates.

The hearing had been told how the defendant struck on February 6, in very poor weather conditions.

He was followed by police and filmed for a considerable distance by CCTV in the car behind him.

Richard Taylor, for Tabassum, said no injury or damage was caused. The defendant had more to lose than ever before by going to custody. He could and would co-operate with a non-custodial sentence and had recently completed 270 hours of unpaid work and a curfew.

The solicitor, who urged the court to pass a suspended sentence, added: “He has not had any form of significant probation input since 2005.”

Sentencing, Judge Simon Newell told the hearing it had been said the roads were quiet and there was no accident — and effectively what was being said was that Tabassum should get some credit for, purely by chance, not driving into a person or car.

The judge said: “That’s just a matter of luck,” and added that if there had been a collision, death or serious injury could have resulted.

Judge Newell told the defendant: “There was a huge potential danger in what you did. You have a poor criminal record and a very substantial number of convictions for driving whilst disqualified.”

The judge said bad as it was, the latest incident would not normally attract the maximum sentence.

He continued: “That being said, it’s the second offence, with a very poor driving record.”

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3:08pm Wed 14 May 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

Ethnic minority again making the head-lines for all the wrong sort of reason quite alot recently poultry sentence 16 moths.
Ethnic minority again making the head-lines for all the wrong sort of reason quite alot recently poultry sentence 16 moths. .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: 12

3:25pm Wed 14 May 14

Bluelizzy says...

Glad to see a maximum sentence being given out by a judge who ignores the pathetic excuses of the criminal.
Glad to see a maximum sentence being given out by a judge who ignores the pathetic excuses of the criminal. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 27

4:22pm Wed 14 May 14

ossym says...

Should be allowed to shoot em (when safe to do so).
Should be allowed to shoot em (when safe to do so). ossym
  • Score: 23

4:48pm Wed 14 May 14

Izanears says...

What is a poultry sentence. Do you get one if you commit a fowl deed?
What is a poultry sentence. Do you get one if you commit a fowl deed? Izanears
  • Score: 23

5:11pm Wed 14 May 14

Rishtonian says...

Deport him
Deport him Rishtonian
  • Score: 16

6:39pm Wed 14 May 14

sen c b l says...

Rishtonian wrote:
Deport him
Where to Bradford!?
[quote][p][bold]Rishtonian[/bold] wrote: Deport him[/p][/quote]Where to Bradford!? sen c b l
  • Score: 5

6:51pm Wed 14 May 14

zabby says...

Another asset to society
Another asset to society zabby
  • Score: 9

7:15pm Wed 14 May 14

Truth will out says...

"For his latest offences, Tabassum was banned for five years and must again take an extended re-test"

"The court heard the defendant, who has about 10 convictions for getting behind the wheel while banned"

Hello British Judicial System. We have a newsflash. You can ban this guy for 100 years - he ain't going to listen. He's already ignored you 10 times. Do you really think an 11th is going to bother him.

How about giving him a year inside for each time he's flouted his ban. A nice round decade inside. Give him some real time to take something seriously before he kills an innocent person - just a thought.
"For his latest offences, Tabassum was banned for five years and must again take an extended re-test" "The court heard the defendant, who has about 10 convictions for getting behind the wheel while banned" Hello British Judicial System. We have a newsflash. You can ban this guy for 100 years - he ain't going to listen. He's already ignored you 10 times. Do you really think an 11th is going to bother him. How about giving him a year inside for each time he's flouted his ban. A nice round decade inside. Give him some real time to take something seriously before he kills an innocent person - just a thought. Truth will out
  • Score: 32

7:16pm Wed 14 May 14

East_lancs_lad says...

The judge said: “That’s just a matter of luck,” and added that if there had been a collision, death or serious injury could have resulted.

What would have happened if this scum bag had done any of the above. The guy should have his hands chopped off they are always going on a out sharia law. Chop his hands off then he will not be allowed to drive another car. " probably on his way to pick up some underage girls"
The judge said: “That’s just a matter of luck,” and added that if there had been a collision, death or serious injury could have resulted. What would have happened if this scum bag had done any of the above. The guy should have his hands chopped off they are always going on a out sharia law. Chop his hands off then he will not be allowed to drive another car. " probably on his way to pick up some underage girls" East_lancs_lad
  • Score: 15

7:56pm Wed 14 May 14

Openminded? says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
Ethnic minority again making the head-lines for all the wrong sort of reason quite alot recently poultry sentence 16 moths.
Why hide behind someone elses ID??
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: Ethnic minority again making the head-lines for all the wrong sort of reason quite alot recently poultry sentence 16 moths.[/p][/quote]Why hide behind someone elses ID?? Openminded?
  • Score: 4

8:11pm Wed 14 May 14

Appleton Whiske says...

Thank you Truth will out for your excellent comment.
Why not just remove the scumbags nuts with a rusty penknife. That will get rid of some of the aggression.
The scum is a looneytunes, put him down.
Thank you Truth will out for your excellent comment. Why not just remove the scumbags nuts with a rusty penknife. That will get rid of some of the aggression. The scum is a looneytunes, put him down. Appleton Whiske
  • Score: 12

8:50pm Wed 14 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

sen c b l wrote:
Rishtonian wrote:
Deport him
Where to Bradford!?
Whalley Range.
[quote][p][bold]sen c b l[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rishtonian[/bold] wrote: Deport him[/p][/quote]Where to Bradford!?[/p][/quote]Whalley Range. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 2

9:05pm Wed 14 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

This is not intended to stir anything up its simply just an observation. Over the last few months there has been a few stories on here concerning people appearing before the courts for dangerous driving offences as a result of Police pursuits. The majority of them have been Asian males. Why is that? Is it a cultural kudos thing? Like I say, just an observation.

What particularly baffles me about this one is why he's only been banned for 5 years. He's showed consistency is his disregard for court punishment so why not Simply ban the turd for life? I know this wouldn't prevent him getting behind the wheel again but it would ensure he can and should be sent straight to jail every time he did. He's had enough chances so f**k him. Let him catch the bus or a taxi everywhere from now on.
This is not intended to stir anything up its simply just an observation. Over the last few months there has been a few stories on here concerning people appearing before the courts for dangerous driving offences as a result of Police pursuits. The majority of them have been Asian males. Why is that? Is it a cultural kudos thing? Like I say, just an observation. What particularly baffles me about this one is why he's only been banned for 5 years. He's showed consistency is his disregard for court punishment so why not Simply ban the turd for life? I know this wouldn't prevent him getting behind the wheel again but it would ensure he can and should be sent straight to jail every time he did. He's had enough chances so f**k him. Let him catch the bus or a taxi everywhere from now on. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 15

9:10pm Wed 14 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car).

It would appear that I seem to have a point.
Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car). It would appear that I seem to have a point. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 16

9:34pm Wed 14 May 14

thermio says...

One thing I've noticed is where do they learn to drive?
Only ever see females learning.
One thing I've noticed is where do they learn to drive? Only ever see females learning. thermio
  • Score: 16

10:40pm Wed 14 May 14

woolywords says...

Rishtonian wrote:
Deport him
Actually, there's nothing stopping the Court sentencing him to live on the island of Sark, one of the few places in the world where cars are banned, by law.
[quote][p][bold]Rishtonian[/bold] wrote: Deport him[/p][/quote]Actually, there's nothing stopping the Court sentencing him to live on the island of Sark, one of the few places in the world where cars are banned, by law. woolywords
  • Score: 7

3:01am Thu 15 May 14

trevhd says...

Standard Asian driving
Standard Asian driving trevhd
  • Score: 6

9:24am Thu 15 May 14

hunter3062 says...

thermio wrote:
One thing I've noticed is where do they learn to drive?
Only ever see females learning.
your so right...but then again how do you know they are all females? the burkha has a lot to answer for.
[quote][p][bold]thermio[/bold] wrote: One thing I've noticed is where do they learn to drive? Only ever see females learning.[/p][/quote]your so right...but then again how do you know they are all females? the burkha has a lot to answer for. hunter3062
  • Score: -3

11:23am Thu 15 May 14

Primus622 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car).

It would appear that I seem to have a point.
At least he wont be muslim....they dont drink alcohol do they?
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car). It would appear that I seem to have a point.[/p][/quote]At least he wont be muslim....they dont drink alcohol do they? Primus622
  • Score: 0

11:23am Thu 15 May 14

Primus622 says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car).

It would appear that I seem to have a point.
At least he wont be muslim....they dont drink alcohol do they?
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car). It would appear that I seem to have a point.[/p][/quote]At least he wont be muslim....they dont drink alcohol do they? Primus622
  • Score: -1

11:31pm Thu 15 May 14

Steven11 says...

thermio wrote:
One thing I've noticed is where do they learn to drive?
Only ever see females learning.
Could be mail of female, how can one ever tell wearing a BHURKA. Should be banned in This country as they do in France. !
[quote][p][bold]thermio[/bold] wrote: One thing I've noticed is where do they learn to drive? Only ever see females learning.[/p][/quote]Could be mail of female, how can one ever tell wearing a BHURKA. Should be banned in This country as they do in France. ! Steven11
  • Score: -5

11:35pm Thu 15 May 14

Steven11 says...

Openminded? wrote:
.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
Ethnic minority again making the head-lines for all the wrong sort of reason quite alot recently poultry sentence 16 moths.
Why hide behind someone elses ID??
You certainly ARNT open minded then are you ?
[quote][p][bold]Openminded?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: Ethnic minority again making the head-lines for all the wrong sort of reason quite alot recently poultry sentence 16 moths.[/p][/quote]Why hide behind someone elses ID??[/p][/quote]You certainly ARNT open minded then are you ? Steven11
  • Score: 1

11:41pm Thu 15 May 14

Steven11 says...

woolywords wrote:
Rishtonian wrote:
Deport him
Actually, there's nothing stopping the Court sentencing him to live on the island of Sark, one of the few places in the world where cars are banned, by law.
You must be joking , the good people of Sark would never in this world accept this sort of scum coming to live on their island . Not like we do in the UK . We appear to take any low life that can get here. !
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rishtonian[/bold] wrote: Deport him[/p][/quote]Actually, there's nothing stopping the Court sentencing him to live on the island of Sark, one of the few places in the world where cars are banned, by law.[/p][/quote]You must be joking , the good people of Sark would never in this world accept this sort of scum coming to live on their island . Not like we do in the UK . We appear to take any low life that can get here. ! Steven11
  • Score: -2

11:51pm Thu 15 May 14

Steven11 says...

Primus622 wrote:
Steven Seagull wrote:
Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car).

It would appear that I seem to have a point.
At least he wont be muslim....they dont drink alcohol do they?
Muslims don't drink , you have to be joking . Just go into some pubs on the outskirts of Blackburn and you will see these hypocrite Asians on double shorts , strong beer . May I also say Asians and alcohol do not mix , they are so funny to watch and listen too !
[quote][p][bold]Primus622[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Oh and what a shocker, as soon as I come off this story I see another one about an Asian male who failed to stop for tge police.(the story about class A drugs and a gun found in a drunken man's car). It would appear that I seem to have a point.[/p][/quote]At least he wont be muslim....they dont drink alcohol do they?[/p][/quote]Muslims don't drink , you have to be joking . Just go into some pubs on the outskirts of Blackburn and you will see these hypocrite Asians on double shorts , strong beer . May I also say Asians and alcohol do not mix , they are so funny to watch and listen too ! Steven11
  • Score: 0

12:48pm Sun 18 May 14

wilddog says...

Chops his hands off along with his legs! Only way he aint gonna drive again!. Any driver who flouts the law like this guy is scum. They dont care and never will
Chops his hands off along with his legs! Only way he aint gonna drive again!. Any driver who flouts the law like this guy is scum. They dont care and never will wilddog
  • Score: 2

7:50am Wed 21 May 14

AnthonyUK says...

Asians who break the law and speed deliberately should be banned for life from getting behind the wheel;and if they are in the country illegally should be deported back to their own homelands family and all and banned from coming back to the UK EVER.
Asians who break the law and speed deliberately should be banned for life from getting behind the wheel;and if they are in the country illegally should be deported back to their own homelands family and all and banned from coming back to the UK EVER. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 0

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