Hit-and-run driver jailed after killing grandpa and claiming wrist injury was karma

Haroon Basharat, 28, became William Burns, 63, and fled Birmingham last April. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to four years and six months in prison

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A hit-and-run driver has been jailed after hitting a grandpa who was out for a walk on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Haroon Basharat, 28, also bizarrely claimed a wrist injury was karma for killing William Burns, 63, while he was enjoying a walk in the sunshine, the court heard.

The driver intentionally turned off traction control and dynamic stability control on his father’s BMW, but lost control when he crashed into Mr Burns.

Basharat, who was also speeding at the time, fled the scene and then later lied to police about what happened on April 18 last year. BirminghamMail reports.

Haroon Basharat was imprisoned for four years and six months


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William Burns was walking in the sunshine when he was killed


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He also claimed a wrist injury was his “karma” for killing the victim.

Mr Burns’ son Kenny told Birmingham Crown Court: “I will look you in the eye and tell you I will never forgive and I will never forget.”

Basharat, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four years and six months on May 25.

He was also banned from driving.

Flowers at the scene of a fatal crash in Stechford, Birmingham


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Judge Martin Hurst said it was “incredible” that he would be released after a relatively short time despite having “taken a life,” but stressed he was bound by statutory sentencing guidelines.

It was estimated that Basharat was driving 52 mph on a 30-mile road when he lost control, causing the BMW to spin 180 degrees and hurtle backwards.

It hit Mr Burns, who suffered fatal injuries and died almost immediately as Basharat drove away.

Mr Burns’ family paid tribute to their “hero” in court


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He showed up at a police station six hours later and claimed he didn’t know he had hit someone.

Basharat also said he didn’t intentionally turn off the safety features, but vehicle experts disagreed.

Jennifer Josephs, who is defending herself, said: “He is absolutely devastated that he caused someone else’s death.

“His remorse is absolutely genuine. It had a huge impact on him and his health.”

She said Basharat was attacked a few months later and sustained a wrist injury that required a metal plate.

Ms Josephs told the court he felt it was “almost a kind of karma”, leading to audible gasps from Mr Burns’ friends and family in court, while Judge Hurst urged the lawyer to proceed quickly from the point.

In emotional statements to the victims, Emma, ​​Mr Burns’ widow, said the time since his death had been the “most heartbreaking and agonizing time of my life”.

His son Wayne said “in his mind” he was on his knees, while fellow son Kenny called Mr. Burns his “hero”.

Judge Hurst, who rendered the verdict, told Basharat: “Through your deliberate actions, turning off dynamic stability control, driving aggressively at high speed in a pedestrian zone, you have deprived this family of their most important member.

“A beloved grandfather, father and husband. You will be released relatively soon.

“They will have to live with your selfish actions forever.”

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