Man Jailed For Eight Years After Driving Into Soldier
Hamza Ali Hussain accelerated in temper towards a group of revellers in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Hamza Ali Hussain has been disqualified from driving for nine years(Picture: West Yorkshire Police).
A 23-year-old man has been jailed for eight years after he drove a car into a soldier outside a nightclub.
The trial heard that Hamza Ali Hussain accelerated towards a group of revellers in the early hours of New Year's Day after his friends were involved in a "minor altercation" inside the TBC nightclub in Batley, West Yorkshire.
Joshua Adams-Mitchell, who was not the intended target, suffered "significant and debilitating" injuries in the collision, leaving his future in the Army in doubt.
Hussain, of Middle Road, Westtown, Dewsbury, had not been in the nightclub but became "enraged" when his friends told him about an incident during the evening, Leeds Crown Court heard.
His friends pointed out the person responsible for the altercation and he circled outside the nightclub in a Mercedes C63 car that had been rented by an acquaintance and which he was not entitled to drive, having never passed a driving test.
He then accelerated towards the group containing his intended target, but hit Mr Adams-Mitchell.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the 22-year-old was thrown on to the windscreen, rolled over the top of the car and hurled 20-30 yards before landing in the road.
His injuries included facial fractures, damage to his knee, damage to his right eye, rib and lung injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Hussain continued to accelerate as he hit Mr Adams-Mitchell and made no attempt to brake.
The driver immediately fled the scene and was arrested the following day.
In his victim statement, Mr Adams-Mitchell said the incident had impacted on himself and his partner.
Mr Sharp said: "He is currently signed off as unable to work in a military role and his future career in the Army may be dependent on his recovery from PTSD and his knee injury, which require continued treatment."
Judge Robin Mairs told Hussain: "There's no reason or justification for your actions that morning."
He went on to tell Hussain that the incident had "substantially" damaged Mr Adams-Mitchell's social and familial relationships and "changed his outlook on life".
Robin Frieze, in mitigation, said Hussain was "appalled" by what he had done and "desperately sorry".
As well as being jailed for eight years, Hussain was disqualified from driving for nine years.