A Muslim postman who fell asleep at the wheel and killed a father-of-eight while fasting for Ramadan has been been told he will not be going to jail for his offence.
Sajid Hussain, 36, claimed he ‘dozed off’ before his Volkswagen Polo crashed into David Hinton (pictured above, right), 47, at 2pm on June 20 last year. The tragic road accident happened as Mr Hinton was at the side of the road strapping his baby boy into his car.
He and his wife Nadine, 34, had been taking their youngest children, Christopher, two, and Oliver, five, to see a Wendy House at Oakham Road in Dudley, West Mids.
Local residents heard the noise of the smash, which Mrs Hinton described as being like an explosion, and rushed to help her husband.
The Daily Mail reports Mr Hussain, who lives in the town, had not eaten since 3.30am as he was fasting for Ramadan and had been working since 4.30am.
Prosecutor Simon Ward said: “There was nothing we can see that would have caused Mr Hussein to take evasive action.
“The visibility on that road was very good and it was only mildly damp. He was doing around 30mph – which was the speed limit.
“Mr Hussain had been fasting for Ramadan, but there was no abnormalities in his blood sugar levels and medics are quite satisfied that he had not had a stroke.
“The only conclusion is that he must have dozed off.”
Sentencing, Judge James Burbidge described the crash and its emotional impact to Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He said: “The force was such that the Peugeot ended up on the other side of the road and facing the other way round. Mrs Hinton has the trauma of seeing her husband lying face down on the road.
“Their baby had been thrown in the air and was upside down. Mr Hussain was described as standing with his head in his hands, screaming, ‘No! No!’
“Witnesses driving behind said Mr Hussain’s brake lights did not come on.”
The judge ruled that the Dudley postman, who bowed his head and wept throughout the hearing, had showed “genuine remorse”.
Mr Hussain received a driving ban, will have to retake his test before regaining his licence, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid community service.