Men sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving on Bath Road

Two men have been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving following a fatal road traffic collision on the Bath Road a year ago.

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Left: Amar Waqar; right: Arslen Shoukat

Amar Waqar, aged 23, of Queens Court, Slough, was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment on Friday (16th December) after being found guilty unanimously by jury following an 11-day trial at Reading Crown Court.

Arslen Shoukat, aged 33, of St Paul’s Avenue, Slough, was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at the same hearing. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at the same court at a hearing in June.

At around 2.30pm on 7th December 2015 Waqar was driving his purple Audi TT Quattro and Shoukat was driving his white BMW 5 series on the Bath Road at more than twice the speed limit.

The Audi TT Quattro struck the front offside of a Volvo, which was turning out of Ipswich Road. The white BMW then struck the central offside of the Volvo. The driver of the Volvo, 62-year-old Peter Mackrory from Windsor, died at the scene. Waqar and Shoukat were charged on 17 May in connection with the offences.

Waqar and Shoukat showed a flagrant and deliberate disregard to the rules of the road and it was clear both were racing on a busy road with other road users, cyclists and pedestrians near a school

Sgt Ashley Hannibal, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“In court Judge Morris stated Waqar and Shoukat showed a flagrant and deliberate disregard to the rules of the road and it was clear both were racing on a busy road with other road users, cyclists and pedestrians near a school. The judge also stated they told a tissue of lies and neither one lifted a finger to help Mr Mackrory.

“I would like to pay tribute to Mr Mackrory’s family, who sat in quiet dignity throughout the trial and to the member of the public who got into the car with Mr Mackrory and held him, supporting him whilst the ambulance crew tried to save his life. We have never been able to trace this member of the public and would still urge this person to come forward to enable the family to be able to thank this person.

“This result of the collision was a needless loss of Peter’s life. I would urge all motorists to think about how they drive and consider other road users. In a trial like this there are no winners. The effect poor driving has is not just on the drivers, it is on all of the families and friends involved.”

A 42-year-old man from Surrey has been released on bail until 19 January 2017 following a hit-and-run incident on London Road last month.  He was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs.

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