Disqualified driver who ran over police officer with police car pleads guilty

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A disqualified driver has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to the police officer he ran over with a police car.

Mubashar Hussain, 29, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to PC Gareth Phillips with intent to resist arrest at today’s Pre-Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH) at Birmingham Crown Court.

Car thieves Mubashar Hussain, 29, and Ahshan Ghafoor, 24, were seen by police with a stolen Range Rover on 10 August 2019 in Moorcroft Road, Moseley, Birmingham.

Both had been responsible for stealing that vehicle, and another similar vehicle the day before, and each had driven one of those vehicles dangerously a few hours before they were seen by the police in Moorcroft Road.

Ahshan Ghafoor was detained and arrested. However, when officers made efforts to arrest Hussain, he forced his way through them and made his way to an unmarked police vehicle used by officers to arrive at the scene.

He reversed that vehicle at speed, knocking over and injuring a number of police officers, which included PC Gareth Phillips. As he then drove forward, he ran over PC Phillips’ chest with both front and rear passenger side wheels before he made off.

PC Phillips sustained significant injuries to his chest and pelvic area and was rushed to hospital. Hussain, a disqualified driver, then drove at speeds of over 80 miles per hour through busy daytime traffic before he abandoned the police car in Ladypool Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham. He was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Today, Hussain admitted responsibility for causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest. He also pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, dangerous driving, the theft of two Range Rovers, assaulting three other officers, taking a police vehicle and driving that vehicle dangerously.

Ghafoor pleaded guilty to the theft of the two Range Rovers and dangerous driving. Both defendants will be sentenced at the Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday 15 October.

Following the pleas, Paul Farrow of the CPS said: “This was a sickening offence where Hussain’s only thought was to ensure his escape, whatever the cost.

"PC Phillips has undergone significant and complex surgical procedures. Other officers too were injured as all bravely attempted to prevent the escape. Those at the scene were visibly distraught after witnessing Hussain’s actions.

"It is only by good fortune that further collisions did not occur when Hussain fled the scene, such were the speeds he reached.

“Our thoughts are with PC Phillips as he embarks upon a long road to what is hoped will be a full recovery, although this remains uncertain.”

Notes to editors

  • Mubashar Hussain (DOB: 22/12/89) pleaded guilty to 10 counts which include: theft (x2), dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, assault occasioning actual bodily harm (x2), assault on an emergency worker, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, aggravated vehicle taking and driving whilst disqualified.
  • Ahshan Ghafoor (DOB: 23/2/95) pleaded guilty to three counts of theft (x2) and dangerous driving.
  • Paul Farrow is a Specialist Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.

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