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Ex-officer jailed for death crash

Steve and Rosemary Campbell
Steve Campbell died and his wife, Rosemary, was left in a wheelchair

A former police officer who killed a man and left his wife for dead in a hit-and-run crash in Greater Manchester has been jailed for four years.

Mohammed Mian's vehicle hit Steve Campbell with such force that his leg was severed in the crash in Urmston on New Year's Day this year.

The former Metropolitan Police officer was driving at nearly 60mph (97km/h).

Mian, 31, who admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

The court was told Mr Campbell's wife, Rosemary, 53, had been left permanently disabled after the crash.

The couple's daughter, Hayley Campbell, said Mian had "completely destroyed" her family.

Prosecutor Justin Hayhoe said Mr Campbell, 49, had been walking home with his wife at about 0100 GMT after dinner at a friend's house in Urmston.

They had been marking the new year with family and friends and had just escorted Mrs Campbell's mother home before setting off along Stretford Road.

Leg 'hit window'

He said: "They crossed the road, walking at a gentle pace, taking four or five steps when they reached the middle of the road.

"Mrs Campbell then heard her husband say his final words to her: 'Rose, there's a car'. She said this was said loudly. She then recalls being hit by a car," Mr Hayhoe said.

Mohammed Mian
Mohammed Mian admitted causing Mr Campbell's death

A witness described seeing a red Volvo driving into Mr Campbell and knocking him into the air. Another witness saw the car slowing down momentarily before speeding off.

A woman who approached Mr Campbell noticed his right leg was missing, Mr Hayhoe told the court. Another described seeing an object "flying through the air".

Mr Hayhoe said: "The force of the impact severed his leg below the knee and projected it high into the air and hit a property.

"It damaged a window and (the householder) found the leg outside his property."

The court heard that Mr Campbell, who died at the scene from multiple injuries, was thrown more than 100ft (30m) away from the point of impact. His wife was thrown 45ft (13.7m).

Mrs Campbell spent six days in a coma and was given a 20% chance of survival. Her left leg was amputated below the knee and she now uses a wheelchair.

He has killed my father and injured my mother, he should have been tried for murder
Hayley Campbell, couple's daughter

Mr Hayhoe told the court that moments before the crash Mian had stopped outside a Spar store before "accelerating harshly".

He reached a speed of up to 60mph within nine seconds and would have driven past an illuminated 30mph sign, the court heard.

Mian, who has a string of speeding convictions, initially drove off but later returned to the scene and admitted he was the driver.

He told police he "heard a smash and someone hit the windscreen" but that he drove off and dialled 999 before returning.

Mian, who worked as a club doorman, initially claimed he braked and swerved to avoid the couple - but later admitted he had been speeding.

Mian, of Gredle Close, Urmston, was jailed for four years and disqualified from driving for five years.

Speaking outside the court, the couple's daughter, Hayley, 25, said no sentence would compensate the family.

She said: "He has killed my father and injured my mother, he should have been tried for murder. I think he should have got a life sentence.

"He has shown no remorse. He's had various speeding convictions and if he's had convictions for speeding more than 10 years ago and he's still speeding now, killing a man, he's never going to stop."



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