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Cabbie who left man to die jailed
Iain Cain
Mr Cain died after a night out with friends in Bradford
A Bradford taxi driver who left his passenger dying in a road after falling headfirst from the moving cab has been jailed for seven years.

Nazam Khan, 55, was branded a coward by a judge at Bradford Crown Court after being found guilty of causing the death of Iain Cain by dangerous driving.

Mr Cain, 31, died from severe head injuries after tumbling from the taxi.

Khan, of Ellercroft Terrace, was said to have embarked on "short but wild driving" after a dispute over the fare.

Mr Cain, from Wilsden, was being driven to Cullingworth to meet his fiancée after a night out in Bradford last October.

During the five-day trial, witnesses described seeing the passenger door open and a struggle taking place in the taxi prior to Mr Cain's fall.

They said the Toyota Avensis was travelling at between 45mph and 60mph in a 30mph zone.

This was disgraceful behaviour by you
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall

Jailing Khan, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall said he had left a "solid and decent young man" who was about to be married dying in the road.

He criticised Khan for lying about the incident and attempting "to pull the wool" over the eyes of the jury.

He said: "This was disgraceful behaviour by you. A taxi driver owes a primary duty of care. It was in all circumstances contemptible and cowardly.

"As a taxi driver committing this offence and then driving off leaving this man to die, you will appreciate I take the most serious view."

Khan was also banned from driving for 10 years.


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