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Hit-and-run driver receives increased prison term

Ruman Ali, the driver of a car that caused the death of Coventry student Kieran Dhaliwal in October 2013, was today sentenced to an increased prison term after a hearing in the Court of Appeal.

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Mr Ali was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court in October 2014 for the offence of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 3 years and 5 months in prison.

However, after a referral by the Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP, the Court of Appeal today quashed the original sentence and raised Ali’s jail term to 5 years and 3 months’ imprisonment.

Speaking after the hearing, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said:

“Given the tragic circumstances of this case, I felt that the original sentence passed was unduly lenient and that a longer sentence should have been imposed.”

“This case has had a terrible impact on the victim’s family as outlined in their moving personal statements to the Court. I hope this increased sentence gives them some additional comfort.”

Published 15 January 2016