An “unlawful immigrant” driver who crashed right into a utilities surveyor throughout a police chase, catapulting him over a backyard wall and inflicting him life-changing accidents, has been jailed for 3 years.
Albanian Gentjan Lalaj, of Gervase Shut, Wembley, north London, was given the jail sentence and a six-and-a-half-year driving ban at Southampton Crown Courtroom after he was discovered responsible of inflicting critical damage by harmful driving.
He additionally pleaded responsible to driving and not using a licence or insurance coverage.
Roderick Blain, prosecuting, advised the court docket that the 21-year-old had didn’t cease for police and led pursuing officers on a chase at speeds of 50mph alongside 30mph streets in Southampton on March 27.
The court docket heard that Lalaj, who was driving a stolen Volvo automotive, had claimed he was being chased by somebody wishing to enact an Albanian blood feud towards him, however this defence had been dismissed by the jury.
Mr Blain mentioned that the sufferer, 27-year-old Tom Carey, from Rochester, Kent, who had been sporting high-visibilty clothes, suffered a number of accidents when he was hit by the defendant’s automotive.
His accidents prompted him to be in hospital for 12 days and prevented him from attending his grandfather’s funeral.
He added that Mr Carey had been unable to return to work or play his favorite sport of ice hockey.
Mr Blain mentioned: “He talks about evening terrors, how he relives the incident and he describes how he suffers from panic assaults and nervousness when close to to shifting site visitors.”
Sentencing Lalaj, Choose Nicholas Rowland mentioned the jury had dismissed his declare that he believed he was being chased as a part of a blood feud, and advised him: “The police had been making an attempt to cease you however that they had to surrender as you had been driving so dangerously.
“You drove in such a manner as to trigger these accidents to Mr Carey who, in contrast to you, was working arduous. This has had a critical impact on his life each personally and at work.”
Unyime Davies, defending, mentioned that Lalaj was remorseful and had advised police: “I really feel very, very dangerous for the person I hit.”
Police Constable Simon Bradbury, of Hampshire Police, mentioned after the listening to that Lalaj had arrived illegally within the UK at the back of a lorry about 18 months in the past.
He mentioned the defendant had advised the court docket that he believed he was being chased not by police however by somebody enacting an Albanian blood feud avenging the demise of somebody apparently killed by a member of his household.
Computer Bradbury added that cocaine and heroin was additionally discovered within the automotive, however Lalaj was cleared of possession of sophistication A medicine with intent to produce.
He mentioned: “That is the one of many worst instances of harmful driving I’ve seen within the final ten years.
“This culminated within the horrifying collision with Mr Carey, who was extraordinarily lucky to not be killed.”
Responding to the sentence, Mr Carey mentioned outdoors court docket: “I’ve been left with life-long accidents, he has bought loads lower than I’ve bought – it is modified my life.”