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CPS statement on the sentencing of Arslan Farooq

|News, Driving offences

A road rage driver who killed a man with a single punch has been jailed for eight years and three months.
Arslan Farooq, 25, of Gipsy Lane, Birmingham was sentenced today (4 August 2023) at Birmingham Crown Court after he admitted the manslaughter of 51-year-old Simon West following an incident last year. He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
From May: Driver admits killing Simon West in road rage incident

Emily Clewer of the CPS said: “Arslan Farooq’s aggressive and reckless behaviour cost Simon West his life and while he has accepted culpability and has been sentenced by the court, no outcome can return Simon West to those that loved him. Our thoughts are with them at this time. 

“I hope this case is a stark reminder of the consequences of road rage and the importance of driving safely and behaving responsibly. The CPS will continue to work hard to bring offenders to justice to face the legal ramifications of their actions.”

Notes to editors

  • Emily Clewer is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

Sentencing details:
Arslan Farooq was sentenced as below:

Manslaughter - eight years and three months 

Dangerous driving - six months concurrent 

Total sentence: Eight years and three months.


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