UK Paki Muslim who celebrated EID by running down 4 pedestrians with his car, found guilty on four counts of attempted murder

A MUSLIM motorist, Aqab Hussain, after a night out celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid, who used his car as a ‘lethal weapon’ to plough into a group of pedestrians which left a partially blind man brain damaged, is facing a lengthy prison term after being found guilty of four charges of attempted murder.

Aqab Hussain

Aqab Hussain

Manchester Evening News  (h/t Susan K) Three pedestrians were struck by a car in a deliberate Grand Theft Auto-style revenge attack, a shocking video revealed. The friends – one of them partially blind – were crossing the road after a night out in Manchester city centre when the Vauxhall Corsa was used as a lethal weapon to knock them over ‘like skittles’.

Aqab Hussain, 21 – who was today convicted of four counts of attempted murder – drove straight into the victims, who were hurled through the air, before he sped off and left them for dead.

Eyewitness Corey Gordon, 26, who watched the attack from inside his car, later compared it to a sequence from the violent computer game series in which users play the role of car thieves. He said: ‘It was like ten pin bowling where you hit the skittles and they go up in the air. I can only describe it as unreal – a computer game like Grand Theft Auto – as he swerved off line to hit the men. It knocked one of the men at least 7ft into the air.’ 

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Hussain even wobbled his vehicle so he could shake off one of the men who was still on the bonnet, Manchester Crown Court was told.

It left Michael Ward, 28, – who was already partially sighted – with skull fractures. He spent 20 days in intensive care after sustaining multiple skull fractures, a blood clot and bruising on the brain. Mr Ward had to have a piece of his skull removed, lost the use of his right arm, is now paralyzed on his right side, and his cognitive functions including speech have been seriously affected and would leave him dependant on others. 

The incident occurred after father-of-three Mr Ward, of Bolton, and his friends had gone to the Silks lap dancing club in Manchester city centre, just after midnight on August 21 last year. Five minutes after the party arrived at the club, a group of five men, including Hussain, also entered and bought a Grey Goose vodka bottle from the club for £100 to celebrate the Eid festival.

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CCTV captured the 21-year-old driving the wrong way down Princess Street in Manchester city centre before striking partially-sighted Michael Ward and two of his friends, Paul Hulme and Martin Harris, at the junction of John Dalton Street.

Mr Ward, then 28, from Bolton, was scooped up on the bonnet before being ‘deposited’ at the side of the road by the veering car. He was injured so severely that he was in intensive care for twenty days and spent around four months in a high dependency unit. Meanwhile, Mr Hulme suffered fractures to his right leg after being ‘flipped into the air’, while Mr Harris suffered only minor injuries. A fourth member of Mr Ward’s group, Thomas Mallanphy, narrowly escaped injury after stepping back from the road.

After the hit, the defendant quickly left the country for Pakistan but was arrested at Manchester Airport six weeks afterwards.

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