Sohail Ashraf Manchester

A man who staged a car crash in a bid to frame an innocent woman he beat unconscious during a row over texting has been jailed.

Bilal Muhammed, 24, deliberately drove his VW into a lamp post then falsely claimed his victim, a mum-of-one, had crashed the vehicle while trying to run him down in the street. 

In fact Muhammed had dragged the woman from the car in a rage then beat and kicked her until she lost consciousness following an argument about him sending pictures of them on a night out together to her boyfriend.

He then attempted to falsely blame the victim for causing her own injuries in the ‘crash’ only to subsequently confess after police refused to believe his account.

In a statement, the victim said: “I was told I would recover from some of my facial injuries. As a result of being assaulted, the right side of my forehead and around my right eye has no feeling and I can no longer lift my eyebrow. The right side of my face is permanently numb. 

“What happened to me has had a massive impact on me, I’ve been feeling depressed and particularly low, I stay at home and I am hiding as I don’t want to go outside. I have huge problems sleeping, I regularly lie awake reliving what he did to me and I often don’t fall asleep until 5am.

“I have nightmares and flashbacks and I won’t forget the smile on his face when he opened the door. This has affected my confidence and my friends and family tell me I’m pushing them away and that I’m becoming reclusive.

“I have a young daughter and I don’t know how this has affected me and the impact it will have on her to see mummy so anxious.”

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Muhammed of Newbold, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice. He was jailed for 21 months.

The incident began on January 4 this year when Muhummed and friends went for a night out in Manchester.

Prosecutor Andrew Mackintosh said: “The defendant drove them in his red Volkswagen and went to a bar before deciding to make their way home.

“On the way home Miss Mohammad’s boyfriend was sent a picture by the defendant of him and her and this caused difficulties between them.

”The group then stopped at McDonald’s and went into the restaurant but there was exchanges between the two about what was shown and this resulted in the complainant making her way home in the defendant’s car with the others who had been there.

“Shortly after arriving, the defendant also arrived as he had obtained a lift. He then approached the vehicle and the complainant still sat in the driver’s seat. She describes him as appearing to have ‘pure anger’ on his eyes.

“He opened the driver’s door and punched the complainant in the face, dragged her by her hair from the vehicle, threw her to the floor and continued to punch and kick her to the head and body. The force was so much that she lost consciousness.

“She told the police she was punched and kicked but she couldn’t recall how many times as she lost consciousness, but she did see the defendant after the assault, get back in his vehicle and drive off.

”The defendant then got into his vehicle and drove off to a neighbouring street where he slowed down and drove it intentionally into a lamppost.

“He then got out of the vehicle and made a telephone call to the police saying the complainant had taken his vehicle without his permission and crashed it and he sustained injuries when she had driven that vehicle towards him.

”This was a false report and he was arrested. In a prepared statement to police he initially denied assaulting the complainant in any way. He maintained the account given in the telephone call that she had taken his car and driven it into a lamppost causing the facial injuries.

“She had then driven the car intentionally at his right leg causing the bruises, and then she proceeded to punch him whilst he was on the floor.

“In fact the complainant was found to have sustained substantial bruising to the face, head and particularly her eyes. She had superficial cuts to her knees.

“Following a CT scan they found she had a broken left eye socket and a fracture to the eye.”

Muhammed had 10 previous offences on his record including battery, assault and affray.

His lawyer Brian McKenna said: “It’s unfortunate that the complainant decided to drive off in the defendant’s motor vehicle leaving him in McDonald’s, this was not a sensible thing to do.

“But his response to that was completely wrong and disproportionate. His allegations were completely false – although this wasn’t the case that it caused someone to be arrested and spend time in custody and be charged with an offence.

“If he is jailed he will lose his accommodation and and is worried it will affect his relationship with his girlfriend.”

But sentencing Judge Maurice Greene told him: ”One can understand if you were angered by her taking your car but your reaction was completely inappropriate, exaggerated and criminal.

“Her injuries were serious, there were many punches and kicks at night when you were under the influence of alcohol. This could have had serious consequences for the complainant.”