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'Arrogant' crash motorist jailed

Cerys Edwards
Cerys Edwards still requires assistance to breathe

The son of a millionaire has been jailed for 21 months for causing a crash which left a baby brain damaged and in need of 24-hour care.

Antonio Singh Boporan's Range Rover hit the vehicle carrying 11-month-old Cerys Edwards at 70mph in a 30mph zone.

Boporan, 21, was convicted of dangerous driving at Birmingham Crown Court for the incident in Sutton Coldfield in November 2006.

Judge Frank Chapman said he showed an "arrogant disregard" for safety.

He was also banned from driving for five years.

High performance car

Cerys, now aged two, is still unable to breathe without a ventilator.

Judge Chapman told Boporan the crash was caused by an "aggressive piece of driving".

He added: "I am taking away a small part of your life but it is a fraction of what you have done to Cerys and her family."

Boporan, of Shivalika, Roman Lane, Little Aston, was 19 when he drove a high performance Range Rover at about 70mph in Streetly Lane, the court had heard.

He lost control while overtaking and crashed into the other vehicle, injuring a number of people, including himself and Cerys.

The scene of the crash in Streetly Lane (pic by the CPS)
Boparan lost control while overtaking and crashed into the other vehicle

Boporan's parents, who own the Two Sisters Food Group based in West Bromwich, released a statement earlier this month saying they were "deeply sorry" about the crash.

Cerys's father Gareth Edwards said outside court that the family was pleased with the conviction but felt the sentence had been too lenient.

He said: "We strongly feel that the maximum two year sentence should have been imposed. Even this would be inadequate considering what has happened to our daughter.

"Cerys could not survive without her ventilator, so in our opinion he should have been facing up to 14 years, the same penalty as causing death by dangerous driving."

Cerys is being cared for at the Children's Trust in Surrey and her parents have said her family home in Sutton Coldfield will have to be specially adapted before she can return.

Prosecutors gathered evidence about his speed thanks to a high-tech German airbag system fitted to the Range Rover, which helped estimate Boporan's speed at the time of impact.

The case is believed to be the first in the UK to use such a system as evidence in a prosecution.

Jayne Salt, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This case has highlighted the culture of vehicles being driven at high speed by young, inexperienced motorists.

"In this case the defendant, who had only passed his driving test six months prior to the incident, was driving a high performance Range Rover over the 30mph speed limit and not wearing a seatbelt when he lost control during a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre."


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