Man jailed after reversing car into office window

The moment the car reversed into an office Credit: BPM Media

CCTV footage has emerged showing a motorist causing £21,000 of damage after reversing into an accident firm’s office in Edgbaston.

The incident happened after they demanded he return a hire car.

29-year-old Mandip Dhillon drove into the windows of One Call Accident Management, hitting a desk where shocked employee Parminder Panesar was sitting.

The takeaway boss has now been jailed for 18 months after admitting assault and criminal damage.

Dhillon, of City Road in Edgbaston, was also banned from the roads for 18 months and ordered to pay £500 compensation.

Richard Gibbs, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the defendant had hired a Seat Altea from One Call Accident Management, based in Holyhead Road, Handsworth.

The vehicle had been due to be returned to the company two days before the incident and Dhillon had received a number of calls asking for its return.

“On March 26 the vehicle was returned to the trading park. It was driven in what can only be described as speed, first hitting a Bentley Continental, owned by the head of the company, and then strikingly crashing through the front of the office building that had been a glass and metal showroom.

Richard Gibbs, prosecuting
The building where Dhillon drove a car into an office Credit: BPM Media

Dhillon then drove forwards before stopping, getting out of the car and throwing the keys “roughly” in the direction of the staff saying, “Here’s your f****** car keys back.”

Mr Gibbs said as a result Mr Parminder Panesar suffered pain to his stomach and legs and had problems sleeping.

He said Dhillon, who had a series of previous convictions for using violence, later voluntarily went to a police station but claimed that what had happened was an accident.

It was a narrow escape for one of the employees Credit: BPM Media

In passing sentence Recorder Russell Gumpert QC said: “On March 26 last year, apparently because you felt angry and offended that a car, which had been lent to you following a road traffic accident, had been required to be returned to the accident management company, you drove that vehicle through the glass frontage.

“That caused significant damage. Mr Panesar, who was sitting just inside the glass frontage believed for a moment that he was going to die. You used your car as a weapon.”

The defence argued that Dhillon ran two businesses including a takeaway, employed a number of people and worked long hours, saying that 'he was under immense pressure and he did something that was extremely stupid.”