A drug dealer who crashed and left his teenage passenger paralysed from the neck down has been jailed. Asman Nawaz, 28, was locked up for three years and five months after the girl, now 18, gave a police statement using only her eyes.
Luton Crown Court heard how Nawaz gave the girl a ‘living death sentence’ when his Vauxhall Corsa flipped on 8 August 2017.
Nawaz, who was giving the girl a lift to college in Luton, fled the scene because he was worried police would find heroin and crack cocaine in his car. Body of missing student found five months after he disappeared She helped jail him after by using a machine which translated her eye movements into words.
She said in a statement read out in court: ‘I can’t move and I cannot breathe on my own. ‘I will never get a job or have any freedom and I am in pain all the time.’
Judge Barbara Mensah said the girl, who was 17 at the time of the crash, had been given a ‘living death sentence’ and added: ‘A worse fate is unimaginable’. Nawaz climbed over the teenager who was trapped in the footwell after he lost control of the car, which overturned and rolled into a tree. She was left battling for her life after suffering severe injuries to her spinal cord.
The court was told the young girl now understands the injuries she suffered will cut her life short life and trapped in her paralysed state, she finds herself constantly thinking about death.
He was jailed for 41 months and banned from the road for 16 years after pleading guilty to causing serious injury through dangerous driving. He was jailed for six years in 2018 in connection with the drugs found in his car and will serve both sentenced consecutively.