No jail for postman who ploughed into family car killing dad-of-eight
Sajid Hussein fell asleep after fasting for over 10 hours for Muslim festival Ramadan
A MUSLIM postie who "dozed off" behind the wheel and killed a dad-of-eight while fasting for Ramadan has been spared jail.
36-year-old Sajid Hussain was asleep when his Volkswagen Polo smashed into David Hinton, 47, at 2pm on June 20 last year.
Mr Hinton was strapping his baby into his car when he was crushed, a court heard.
He and his wife Nadine, 34, had been taking their youngest children, Christopher, two, and Oliver, five, to see a Wendy House Oakham Road in Dudley, West Mids.
Meanwhile Hussain, who had been working since 4.30am and hadn't eaten since 3.30am, was driving home from his shift.
He had been fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
The court heard that he nodded off before ploughing into Mr Hinton's Peugeot 206, shunting it 30ft down the road.
Local residents heard the noise of the smash, which Mrs Hinton described as being like an explosion, and rushed to help Mr Hinton.
David was given CPR at the scene and was rushed to A&E, but died from his injuries two days later.
Sentencing, Judge James Burbidge described the crash and its emotional impact to Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He said: "The force was such that the Peugeot ended up on the other side of the road and facing the other way round.
"Mrs Hinton has the trauma of seeing her husband lying face down on the road.
"Their baby had been thrown in the air and was upside down.
"Mr Hussain was described as standing with his head in his hands, screaming, 'No! No!'
"Witnesses driving behind said Mr Hussain's brake lights did not come on."
Hussain was handed an eight-month suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
The judge ruled that the Dudley postman, who bowed his head and wept throughout the hearing, had showed "genuine remorse".
Mr Hussain received a driving ban, will have to retake his test befor eregaining his licence, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid community service.
The court watched CCTV footage of the tragic event, which showeed Hussain's car swerve suddenly to the right.
Hussain was reportedly unable to watch the footage.