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Race and blind justice as fasting Muslim driver escapes prison for fatal crash

by | 14th, March 2016

It is a tragic story. The Sun writes:

A MUSLIM postie who “dozed off” behind the wheel and killed a dad-of-eight while fasting for Ramadan has been spared jail. 36-year-old Sajid Hussain was asleep when his Volkswagen Polo smashed into David Hinton, 47, at 2pm on June 20 last year. Mr Hinton was strapping his baby into his car when he was crushed, a court heard.

The story’s headline and teaser direct readers:

No jail for Muslim postie who killed dad of eight when he fell asleep at the wheel during Ramadan fast. Sajid Hussein fell asleep after fasting for over 10 hours for Muslim festival Ramadan

Would prison have served any purpose? Did Mr Hussain deserve to be removed from society? (And it is Hussain even if the  Sun cannot settle on the spelling.)

Hussain was handed an eight-month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. The judge ruled that the Dudley postman, who bowed his head and wept throughout the hearing, had showed “genuine remorse”.

Comments below the Sun’s story claims Mr Hussain did not go to prison because he is Muslim. Some say his religion saved him:

 

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Over in the Daily Star , more comments in the same vein:

 

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They’re wrong. In 2012, The Scotsman reported on another terrible event:

A DRIVER who claimed a low-calorie diet had caused her to lose consciousness behind the wheel and led to an accident in which a learner driver died has avoided jail. Patricia Aitken admitted careless driving and causing the death of 22-year-old Suzanne Harkness and was sentenced to 240 hours community service and banned for five years

And in 2010 :

The driver who killed Solihull CC member Catherine

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