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‘Babies’ of mum killed crossing road have stopped asking if she’ll come home

Moneeb Arshad of Rochdale, pleaded guilty one week prior to his trial and was sentenced for death by dangerous driving and jailed for 2 years and 8 months

Halema Akhtar lost her life on the street

The three young children of a mum killed crossing the road have stopped asking when she will come home.

Halema Akhtar, 44, was described as the family’s ‘rock’ during the sentencing of Moneeb Arshad, 28, who ran her over.

The 28-year-old was driving an Audi on Yorkshire Street in Rochdale on Sunday, October 20, 2019, Manchester Evening News reported.

Halema, who had not waited for the lights to change before stepping into the road, was hit on the pedestrian crossing.

Moneeb Arshad was sentenced to 32 months in prison


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Prosecuting, Sarah Johnston said: “He braked and reduced his speed but was unable to prevent the collision.

“CCTV caught the collision. Mrs Akhtar stepped into the road before the lights went green.

“The Audi was travelling between 49-53 miles per hour as it approached the collision scene. The defendant reduced his speed to about 40 miles per hour at the point of impact.

“He realised the presence of Mrs Akhtar and applied full brake but due to the speed could not avoid hitting her.”

The court heard that he would have been able to bring the car to a complete stop if he was travelling at the right speed.

Arshad had been overtaking a Toyota Yaris before the crash, with CCTV footage capturing the moment of impact.

The car was travelling at 40mph at the moment of impact


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In a statement read to the court, Mrs Akhtar’s brother wrote: “Not a day goes by when my mother is not distraught.

“Halema was a great person to rely on. Her three little babies have learned to stop asking ‘when is mummy coming home?’

“Her three-year-old goes to bed with a spritz of her mum’s perfume. How unfair it is to think that this child has lost her mother due to the selfish actions of another.

“These three little babies have been robbed of their loving mother. Every family event now begins with a visit to her grave.

“We know that nothing can bring her back but it would be nice to know that the offender shows some remorse.

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“We are truly devastated.”

Mitigating, Wayne Jackson said: “These are very difficult sentences because they are emotionally charged. It is a collision of unfortunate circumstances.

“The defendant is remorseful and has written a letter. He says it affected him and his family and he wrote ‘I am sorry, sorry, sorry.

“He has been affected by anxiety and PTSD. He is a young man who is genuinely remorseful.”

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Moneeb Arshad, of Rochdale, pleaded guilty one week prior to his trial.

He was sentenced for death by dangerous driving and jailed for 2 years and 8 months.

Sentencing, Judge John Edwards said: “Halema Akhtar was a lady her in mid 40s on 20 October, 2019 and in the flower of life.

“She had her whole life ahead of her. It was an avoidable tragedy and her family have been left bereft. She was a shining light, daughter, mother and sister.

“It was the precursor to chaos and devastation in the the family. At 28 you have your whole life ahead of you.

“At the time of this offence you were a man of exemplary character with a full driving licence. You were driving at a grossly excessive speed.

“You embarked on a highly dangerous manoeuvre in a stones throw of the pedestrian crossing.

“The court extends its deepest sympathies to the family.”

Arshad was disqualified from driving for 76 months and must take an extended retest to drive again.

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