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Prison for toddler death motorist
Melissa McInnes
Melissa McInnes was in her buggy when Raziq crashed into her
A driver who caused the death of a toddler when his car ploughed into her pushchair has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Mohsin Raziq, 25, from Muirend, Glasgow, had previously admitted causing the death of Melissa McInnes by driving dangerously at excessive speed.

He also admitted failing to observe other people on the road and having no licence or insurance.

Judge Lord Menzies described the death as an "almost unbearable tragedy".

The 18-month-old was being pushed across the road by her 24-year-old mother, Leanne Kelly, when Raziq smashed into her buggy.

The impact broke the toddler's neck.

This tragedy is almost unbearable involving the death of a one-year-old child, her mother's only child
Lord Menzies

Ms Kelly was not at the High Court in Kilmarnock to see Raziq sentenced and family members who did attend were too distraught to speak.

The High Court in Glasgow previously heard how the offence was committed in Renfrew Road, Paisley, on 12 June last year, as Raziq drove his mother's powerful Audi TT.

Melissa was being pushed across the road by her mother and grandmother when she was hit.

Police accident examiners estimated Raziq would have been able to see them crossing from 220 metres away.

However, he only began braking when he was 25m away from them.

At the point of impact his speed was estimated to be between 33mph and 38mph.

Mohsin Raziq
Mohsin Raziq was driving his mother's car at the time

Melissa's pushchair was thrown 30m and Raziq's car hit a crash barrier.

The court also heard that Raziq, a self-employed businessman, has previous convictions for driving with no licence or insurance and was banned for six months in 2002.

Lord Menzies told Raziq: "This tragedy is almost unbearable involving the death of a one-year-old child, her mother's only child, sitting in a pushchair and being pushed by her mother.

"But this is not a court of vengeance or a court of retribution, it is a court of law."

He said he had to consider the dangerous quality of the driving, along with aggravating or mitigating factors, rather than the consequences of the driving.

'Self loathing'

Quoting the lord chief justice from an English case, Lord Menzies said: "Human life cannot be restored nor can its loss be measured by a prison sentence."

He added: "I am in no doubt that only a custodial sentence is appropriate to mark the seriousness of the offence."

He banned Raziq from driving for 10 years and gave him an additional 14 days in jail for having no licence and no insurance.

Jim Wallace, defending, said: "My client has deep feelings of remorse, feelings of self loathing and self incrimination about what he has done."

Mr Wallace revealed that Raziq was speeding on his way to get drill bits for work that was being carried out on his father's shop.




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