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Four sentenced to 37 and a half years for Leeds 'crash for cash' plot

Sabbir Hussain (top left), Raja Hussain (top right), Muhammed Ubaidullah (bottom left) and Shahrear Islam-Miah (bottom right). Photo: West Yorkshire Police

Four men have been sentenced to a total of more than 37 years for their role in a 'crash for cash' plot which led to the death of a great grandmother.

Innocent Betty Laird was killed in the crash Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Betty Laird, 88, suffered fatal spinal injuries when the Renault Kangoo she was a passenger in was struck on Old Lane, Beeston, Leeds, in September 2014.

The jury was told a VW Passat was driven into the side of the Kangoo in order to make fraudulent injury compensation claims from insurance companies.

Today Raja Hussain ,31, was sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Sabbir Hussain, 25, was sentenced to 12 years for manslaughter and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Shahrear Islam-Miah, 26, who was cleared of manslaughter, was sentenced to four years for conspiracy to commit fraud.

A fourth man, Muhammed Ubaidullah, 24, was sentenced to 6.5 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter, conspiracy to commit fraud and attempting to pervert the court of justice.

These men set out that day to deliberately cause a crash purely motivated by greed for money from a bogus insurance claim. Instead their actions cost Betty Laird her life and left her family absolutely devastated.

Her friend Jeff Grimshaw also died days later and, while his death could not be evidentially linked to the collision, his family are understandably convinced it was the cause.

The tragic consequences of the appallingly selfish actions of these four men clearly illustrate how innocent lives are put at risk by those who seek to cause crashes for financial gain.

We hope the fact they have now been found criminally culpable and sent to prison will provide some small degree of comfort to the families. We also hope it will serve as a stark warning to others of the significant human cost and considerable criminal penalties that such behaviour on the roads can bring.

West Yorkshire Police will continue to work closely with the insurance industry and carry out thorough and comprehensive investigations to tackle any such similar offences where they occur.

– Sergeant Carl Quinn, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team