Court rejects licence plea by Stevenage killer driver

A KILLER driver who is still banned from driving has failed for a third time to get his licence back early.

Nadeem Younas claims he is unable to get work without a driving licence.

He was jailed for five years in 2003 for killing 82-year-old Marjorie Heskins, who was walking her dog across Sish Lane in Stevenage. He was banned from driving for 10 years.

Younas, now 33, was a disqualified driver at the time having been convicted of drink driving. He left the scene of the crash and involved family members in perverting the course of justice in an attempt to make it appear he was not the driver and his car had been stolen.

He was also convicted again of drink driving following his release from jail.

Yesterday (Monday) at Luton Crown Court he tried for a third time to get his licence back before the end of the 10 year ban but Judge Barbara Mensah told him: “In the absence of any exceptional circumstances I fail to see why 10 years should not mean 10 years in this appalling case.

“You show a degree of arrogance and a disregard for the law. It’s all about you.

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“There is nothing to allay my very real concerns that if you get your licence today you would not drive in the same way again. The court has a duty to protect other road users and I feel you are still a danger.”

She ordered Younas to pay �200 towards the costs of the failed application.

George Heimler, representing the Crown, said: “We oppose any clemency towards the defendant because no sign of remorse has been forthcoming.”

Younas said: “I am truly remorseful but my probation officer told me not to write to the woman’s family.”

Younas, of Norwich Close, Stevenage tried unsuccessfully in September 2008 and July 2009 to get the disqualification revoked.

He was jailed for five years in January 2003 after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance, failing to stop after an accident and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

He was first released in January 2006 on licence but in September of that year was back before the same court for driving while disqualified and driving with excess alcohol. He was given another three year ban and recalled to prison for six months. He was released in 2007.

His ban is due to expire on January 5, 2013.