Amar Mahmood jailed for leaving man with brain injuries

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BRADFORD: A father-to-be who left a man with permanent brain damage after running him over in his car has been jailed for 15 years. Amar Mahmood, 24, deliberately drove at Daniel Boniecki after mistakenly thinking his victim had stolen two mobile phones. Prosecutor Paul Nicholson told Bradford crown Court that Mahmood had lost the phones after leaving them in a shop on Killing hall Road in Bradford just before 10pm on June 17.
After ringing one of the devices, Mahmood got through to Mr Boniecki who had retrieved it from a bush where it had been left by a friend of his. Mr Boniecki, along with another friend, Zilvinus Bliukis, had managed to find both phones by the time they met Mahmood and an accomplice at around 10.15pm.
Mr Nicholson told the court that as a “scuffle” ensued, Mahmood got into his Vauxhall Corsa and sped towards the women, hitting Mr Bliukis with the car’s wing, causing a head wound that required seven stitches. Mr Boniecki was hit “head on”, leading to him being hospitalised with the most serious level of traumatic brain injury. He suffered “extensive” fractures to his skull, a brain haemorrhage, and was forced to undergo “emergency life-saving brain surgery.”
The court was told that Mr Boniecki was not discharged from hospital until July 12, and in a victim impact statement, he said the attack had left him unable to work and with a “morbid fear” of leaving the house. He said: “Since the day of the incident my life has changed dramatically and in every aspect. The situation seems hopeless and I am losing the will to live.” Mr Nicholson said that doctors found it “highly unlikely” that allthepathwaysinMr Boniecki’s brain would return to normal. The court heard that Mahmood had been on-bail at the time of the attack having been arrested for drugs offences on May 12.