EZYAirbus From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 2463 posts, RR: 51 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1510 times:
Naseem Hamed jailed for car crash
Naseem Hamed arriving at court with his wife Eleasha
Former world boxing champion Naseem Hamed has been jailed for dangerous driving after a crash which left another driver severely injured.
Hamed, 32, from Dore in Sheffield, was sentenced to 15 months at Sheffield Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
The boxer was also banned from driving for four years.
Hamed was at the wheel of his £325,000 McLaren-Mercedes when he crashed at 90mph on Ringinglow Road, Sheffield.
Motorist Anthony Burgin spent weeks in hospital after the crash left him with fractures to "every major bone in his body".
Hamed was charged with dangerous driving in December.
He showed no emotion as he was sent down and left the dock with two security guards.
'Anxious to impress'
Members of his family, who were sitting in the packed public gallery, broke down in tears as the judge jailed the former world champion. One was comforted by friends.
The court heard how Hamed was anxious to impress businessman Asif Ayub, 46, who was a passenger in the McLaren-Mercedes at the time of the crash.
Both had an interest in cars and Hamed was showing what his could do when he crossed a solid white line at a speed of at least 90mph and crashed head-on into a Volkswagen Golf that emerged from a dip in the road.
The Golf, driven by 38-year-old Mr Burgin, was propelled backwards by the impact of the collision.
The court heard Hamed's car then hit a second vehicle, a Ford Mondeo he had been trying to overtake.
The driver of the Mondeo, Michael Wood, described Hamed's overtaking manoeuvre in court as "stupid, suicide, ridiculous".
A devout Muslim, Hamed - born in Sheffield to Yemeni parents - was just 17 when he made his boxing debut in 1992 and soon earned a reputation for flamboyance in victory.
He won the world featherweight title in 1995 and was awarded an MBE in 1999.
Hamed remained unbeaten until 2001, when he lost to Mexico's Marco Antonio Barrera.
In November, he announced that he intended to make his boxing comeback in the United States this year.
Vulindlela From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 474 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1472 times:
It is a small picture, but he looks like he has become quite fat. Didn´t he weigh about 120 pounds when he was fighting featherweight? He was so skinny. He looks like Maradona there. I used to love watching his fights in high school, so much arrogance.
"If you take everything I've accomplished in my entire life and condense it down into 1 day, it looks decent!"
Pawsleykatsnr From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 2 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1397 times:
Unfortunately the guy will be able to look after himself in jail, even against someone bigger. He's a trained fighter.
I agree, I don't think he will learn from his experience which, when you think about it means that he may very well do the same thing but with more fatal consequences.
Anyone who drives with a total disregard for other road users should have their license taken away for a minimum of five years and be made to resit their test.
When your license means the difference between you working and not working it becomes incredibly important, people like the prince can afford to get by without one. Maybe the punishment should have included having to use public transport for a couple of years.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13341 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1369 times:
I am not sure how it works in the UK, but if someone in his situation did such an act, they would be looking at HUGE lawsuit jackpot judgment, taking away a good chunk of his wealth.
I hope his time in jail will take some of his speed racer out of him.
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4977 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1337 times:
Quoting Scbriml (Reply 8): Er, he was a boxing World Champion. Ain't nobody gonna mess with him in prison. Even out of training and somewhat overweight, he'll be more than capable of looking after himself.