Failed asylum seeker killed motorcyclist.

Posted: April 13, 2010 in Law & Disorder


A failed asylum seeker working illegally, Delshad Ajeeb Aziz, 26, crashed into Anthony David Edney, 44, of Thornhill Way, Portslade, in June last year in Old Shoreham Road, Hove, at the junction with The Drive.

Mr Edney, pictured, was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he died. Aziz, of New Road East, Northam, Portsmouth, also admitted driving without a licence and insurance.

PC Andy Slark, a Sussex Police forensic collision investigator based in Shoreham, investigated the crash. He said: “Once again a life has been lost as a result of a lack of concentration. “Mr Edney was simply travelling on the road when the offender pulled out into his path, causing a head-on collision.”

Yesterday Delshad Aziz, was jailed for only nine months for killing Mr Edney. Aziz, of New Road East, Portsmouth, who had previously pleaded guilty to causing death whilst unlicensed and causing death whilst uninsured, was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to sit an extended test to gain a licence in the future.

No mention of deportation for this failed asylum seeker? UK Border Agency must take part blame for this death, if Aziz had been removed from this country Mr Edney would still be alive.



A ‘virtually blind’ driver who killed a fellow pensioner after failing to disclose his poor eyesight was jailed yesterday for 16 months in a landmark case.

Trevor Knowles’s vision was so poor he failed to see William Florence, 78, crossing the road ahead and ploughed into him without braking, a court heard.

Despite being given an interim driving ban, Knowles continued driving after the offence and was stopped by police weeks later with a broken windscreen sustained in the collision. The court heard he had failed to notice the damage.

Tests later revealed the retired businessman could barely see a few inches in front of him and he could not read or write, even with the aid of spectacles.
A court heard yesterday how Knowles, 66, had been diagnosed with macular degeneration in both eyes a year before the crash. The condition causes the gradual deterioration of central vision.

Prosecutor Michael Garret said Knowles had been visiting his estranged wife Amanda, 50, when he ploughed into Mr Florence at 30mph in Solihull, West Midlands, in December 2008,

Mr Garret said witnesses had described the great-grandfather and retired telesales manager ‘shuffling’ across the road but that ‘ Mr Knowles did not slow at all and did not change his course at all.’

The prosecutor added: ‘Mr Knowles said the first time he was aware of (Mr Florence) was when he described hearing a bang and somebody hitting the windscreen.’ Crash investigators found Mr Florence was in view for 2.5 seconds before the collision as he crossed.

Knowles stopped at the scene and was charged with careless driving, which carries a five-year maximum sentence.

But 28 days later he was pulled over still driving the Renault Megane with its smashed windscreen and under-inflated tyres.

Knowles, from Solihull, was caught a second time last April when he jumped a red light and was ordered by magistrates to liaise with the probation service as part of his sentence.

It was only when he revealed his eye condition to a probation officer that the authorities became aware of the poor state of his vision – Knowles had failed to mention it to the police or his own legal team during the investigation into Mr Florence’s death.

By then, he had already pleaded guilty to causing the pensioner’s death.

Prosecutors considered bringing a fresh charge of causing death by dangerous driving against Knowles – which carries a 14-year maximum penalty – but decided against it in view of his initial guilty plea to the lesser charge and potential problems in gathering enough evidenced to prove the more serious charge.

Sentencing, judge Christopher Hodson told him that without the medical evidence coming to light, the crash ‘might have been explained away simply by your ill attention.’

He added: ‘If this case had been investigated in the knowledge of your eye defect…I have no doubt the charge would have been causing death by dangerous driving.’

Mr Florence’s widow, Mavis, 78, said: ”Mr Knowles should have been told that he couldn’t drive.


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