Driver admits double death crash horror
A DRUG addict driver ploughed into two teenage friends after having a blazing row with his wife about his heroin abuse, a court heard.Zulfcar Ali, who did not hold a full driving licence, left Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler to die after mowing them down as they walked on a pavement in Ipswich on May 30.
A DRUG addict driver ploughed into two teenage friends after having a blazing row with his wife about his heroin abuse, a court heard.
Zulfcar Ali, who did not hold a full driving licence, left Dean Bloomfield and Scott Towler to die after mowing them down as they walked on a pavement in Ipswich on May 30.
Ali's wife had earlier been thrown from the vehicle as she clung desperately to the bonnet of his speeding Volvo in a bid to stop him from driving, Ipswich Crown Court heard yesterday.
The 33-year-old, from Boyton Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to two charges of manslaughter and two counts of dangerous driving in relation to the shocking tragedy.
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The case was adjourned for sentencing, but afterwards Dean's father Dennis said: "I hope they throw the book at him – I want the maximum possible sentence they can give him.
"I hate him to my bitter end and I wouldn't care if anything happened to him – I show him no sympathy or forgiveness whatsoever."
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Dean and Scott, both 15, had been walking with Dean's girlfriend Janay Porter, 14, in Fore Hamlet when Ali smashed into them and drove on, without stopping or even slowing down.
Prosecuting, Karim Khalil, QC, told the court how Ali was a long-term heroin addict and a user of cannabis who had failed his driving test four times.
The horrific events of the day were sparked by a massive row with his wife, Shazia Bibi, who had previously threatened to leave him because of his heroin use, Mr Khalil added.
He said: "In the early hours of the morning on May 30, Mr Ali was at a friend's house smoking heroin and cannabis.
"His wife phoned him and told him to come home, which he did at about 12.30pm. There was a heated argument and he came out of the house followed by his wife.
"He was shouting 'you're barmy, get away from me and leave my car alone'.
"He got into his Volvo and started to reverse when his wife jumped on to the bonnet to try and prevent him from driving off."
Incredibly, Ali sped away with his wife clinging frantically to the windscreen – but he repeatedly braked and sped up again until she fell from the car.
Mr Khalil said: "A witness saw the event and said Mr Ali was looking straight ahead and was smiling as if he was enjoying it."
Ali, who has two young children, then raced from the scene, driving increasing erratically as he approached Fore Hamlet where Scott, Dean and Janay were walking, oblivious to the danger.
"Mr Ali drove the Volvo on to the pavement, weaving from side to side before he began to straighten up and accelerate," Mr Khalil added.
"Janay recalls holding Dean's hand and trying to get him out of the way but he was swept away by the car.
"The defendant drove his car through those two boys without slowing at all. They were hurled onto the front of the car, onto the windscreen and then onto the road – one witness described them as being thrown like rag dolls.
"Mr Ali continued on and left them for dead."
The horrific trail of destruction, which had seen Ali hit several other vehicles, finally came to an end in Key Street when the car skewed across the road and smashed into a wall.
Ali, described as "wide-eyed and wild", ran from the vehicle before being tackled by police. Remnants of Dean and Scott's clothing were found still stuck to the car's windscreen wipers.
Various forms of testing carried out on Ali at the police station showed evidence of a range of drug use, including cocaine, valium and morphine.
In police interviews, Ali came up with a range of bizarre stories in a bid to deny what he had done, Mr Khalil said.
He told officers that his wife had threatened to set fire to herself and the house, accused eye witnesses of being racist and denied being under the influence of drugs or driving on the pavement.
He also claimed he was a black belt master in martial arts who had studied in Tibet and that he had exuded "chi" from his body to prevent injury when he finally crashed his car.
"If I did it I would say that I had done it and you'd lock me up for life," he said in one interview. "I'm not afraid to go to jail. They did not deserve to die – no one does. If I lie, the spirit inside me will kill me."
Defence barrister John Cawser called for psychiatric reports to be prepared before Ali is sentenced for the offences.
He said: "It would help if the court had a better picture of what led this to happen – what led this man to drive in such an extraordinary way under the influence of drugs?
"We need to find out why he did it and how we can prevent it from happening again."
Granting his request, Judge John Devaux adjourned sentencing until November 28 in Ipswich.