Student drives away from court minutes after judge bans him from roads

A student drove away from court minutes after being banned from the road by a judge for a crash which left a woman badly injured.

Saif Shaikh, 20, was pictured getting into his Volkswagen Golf GTI following a hearing at Manchester Crown Court yesterday.

He had just pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Shaikh’s case was adjourned for a report to be prepared ahead of sentencing.

Judge Timothy Smith banned Shaikh from the road ahead of that hearing.

A verbal interim disqualification was put in place. Shaikh nodded to the judge before leaving court.

The Manchester Metropolitan University student ignored the order.

He was seen walking to his car – parked around 50 yards away from the court on Bridge Street – before driving away.

Greater Manchester Police said journalists had contacted them regarding Shaikh’s ignorance of the order and the information had been passed onto relevant officers.

He was driving the same black Golf when he crashed into the woman on Upper Brook Street on November 18 last year.

The court heard the woman was visiting her son, who is in permanent care at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

At the plea and trial preparation hearing, Shaikh’s lawyer asked the judge to postpone sentencing until he had finished his first-year exams.

Shaikh, originally from Bradford, West Yorkshire, has no previous convictions.

He will be sentenced on June 14.