Manchester

Driver detained over boy's death near Ashton-under-Lyne mosque

Shahzaib Hussain Image copyright GMP
Image caption Shahzaib Hussain had been walking home from Masjid-e-Hamza mosque when he was hit by the car

A motorist has been detained for seven years after an 11-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car.

Henry Brandon Barker, 20, of Failsworth, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving following the death of Shahzaib Hussain.

Shahzaib was hit outside a mosque on Moss Street West in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester.

Barker was detained in a youth offenders institution and disqualified from driving for eight years.

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Image caption Henry Brandon Barker was an "ordinary man" with no previous convictions, the court heard

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard Shahzaib ran out onto the street from the mosque, where he had earlier attended afternoon prayers with his father and uncle, on 29 February.

He died later in hospital.

The Mercedes, driven by Barker, failed to stop after the collision.

Barker's passenger Aaron Ward, 23, from Hattersley Road West, Hyde, has been jailed for 18 months for aiding and abetting and also disqualified from driving for four years and nine months.

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