Criminal who killed the man in an accident was jailed thanks to a mysterious sketch by a witness

Criminal who killed the man in an accident was jailed thanks to a mysterious sketch by a witness

Danny Smith, who killed a young motorcyclist in an accident in East London, was jailed for 24 years thanks to a disturbing sketch by a witness (Metropolitan Police / PA) (PA Wire)

Danny Smith, who killed a young motorcyclist in an accident in East London, was jailed for 24 years thanks to a disturbing sketch by a witness (Metropolitan Police / PA) (PA Wire)

A “dangerous” criminal who killed a young man in an accident in East London was jailed for 24 years thanks to a disturbing sketch by a witness.

Danny Smith, 44, of Manford Way, Chigwell, crashed into a Yamaha motorcycle driven by Saleem Ahmed, 20, while trying to overtake two cars at Hainault Road, Redbridge, on December 17 last year.

A witness had seen Smith, who had driven erratically in a gray Audi for 30 minutes before the collision, and had drawn a crucial sketch that identified him after his arrest two months later.

Metropolitan Police said Smith was jailed for 24 years at Snaresbrook Crown Court on September 5 for causing Mr. Ahmed’s death from unsafe driving while he was unqualified and uninsured and for not stopping following the accident.

Danny Smith was jailed for 24 years (Metropolitan Police)

Danny Smith was jailed for 24 years (Metropolitan Police)

Smith also admitted to a number of other crimes, including robbery, burglary, manipulation of stolen property, criminal damage, theft of a motor vehicle, and unsafe driving in connection with several incidents, the force said.

Two days before confronting Mr. Ahmed, Smith pushed and threatened an elderly woman at her Havering home after falsely claiming that she damaged her fence and wanted to repair it, before escaping with cash and personal items.

On February 1 of this year, he stole money from an elder in Ilford after breaking into the house under false pretenses.

Four days later he stole a vehicle from a dealership in Romford pretending to show interest in the purchase.

(Pantry for the family)

(Pantry for the family)

Two days later he was caught by police while driving erratically in Waltham Forest and was arrested despite attempting to escape.

The Met said: Investigations revealed that the vehicle was on fake license plates and was the same one that had been stolen from the Romford showroom.

“Smith was found in possession of stolen items, while police checks revealed he was wanted in connection with the fatal collision.

“The forensic evidence would place him inside the Audi that collided with Saleem, while the sketch provided by the witness – with a strange resemblance to Smith – would help prove he was the driver.

“The weight of the evidence left Smith with no choice but to plead guilty.”

(Metropolitan Police)

(Metropolitan Police)

Ahmed’s family said in a statement, “My son was caught in such cruel circumstances that it will affect us all as family, our friends and our community for years to come.

“I will always be grateful to the witnesses on the night of the accident. I will always be grateful for the help they gave my son, comforting him while he died, and those who helped bring Danny Smith to justice.

“The support we as a family have had from the police all along was second to none.

“Nothing will ever bring Saleem back, but knowing that a dangerous criminal has returned to his place and can no longer ruin other lives, which is what we fought so hard for … My dear son, we love you forever.”

Detective Inspector Julie Trodden said: “It can only be said that Smith’s actions were reckless, dangerous and completely avoidable.”

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