A delivery driver caused up to £1million in damage when he smashed into a row of supercars during a pursuit through one of London’s most exclusive neighbourhoods.
Ahmed Al Husseini, 25, was caught on CCTV hurtling after a McLaren SLR in his Audi A8, moments before flying through the air and smashing into metal railings outside a terraced home in Chelsea.
The boy racer admitted wrecking a £300,000 McLaren along with a parked Porsche Cayenne worth around £100,000 and a blue Bentley costing £200,000.
An Audi A5, a Porsche Carrera 4S, a Vauxhall Corsa, a Mitsubishi Outlander, and a Land Rover Discovery were also damaged.
Al Husseini was chasing after a driver he believed damaged his vehicle, racing at speeds between 81mph and 92mph through streets nearby Sloane Square, where the limit is 30mph.
The driver, whose job was delivering for a newspaper company in London, spent two days in hospital after injuring his head and almost shattering his right knee.
He appeared at Isleworth Crown Court yesterday on crutches, supported by two family members in the public gallery.
Prosecutor Brian Reece said the speed at which Al Husseini was travelling on August 5 last year was enough to cause his Audi to become airborne.
He added: ‘At which point the defendant as the driver would have no control over it and just across that junction is Moore Street which is the place where some extremely valuable vehicles are parked.’
Isleworth Crown Court heard how Huseini ‘bore the brunt’ of the crash that followed, along with the ‘extremely valuable’ McLaren MP4 he hit first.
The driver, who has a ‘multi-vehicle engineering’ BTEC, then hit a Porsche Cayenne, which was pushed into the Bentley Bentayga.
Al Husseini’s car was seen rolling on its side multiple times, before finally resting on its wheels.
Mr Recce said: ‘He gave the context of having been himself in a hit and run incident that he attributed to the driver of the McLaren SLR and thought he was in pursuit of the SLR in Lennox Gardens, four to five hours later.
‘He claimed he had no recollection of the incident. He had had a full licence for about a year and had no previous convictions.
‘Settlement figures given in interview were between half a million and a million pounds for damage to these cars.’
Defender Tony Nayager said: ‘If he’s going to drive at that speed then he’s going to bear the consequences.
‘He’s readily in acceptance of his culpability for this matter. Perhaps Mr Al Husseini is feeling rather sorry for himself rather than anyone else.
‘The car belonged to his father’s former partner, this later broke down their relationship and also his relationship with his father.’
Al Husseini suffered an open head wound after the accident, My Nayager added.
Judge Sarah Paneth told him: ‘One other remarkable feature is that the only person seriously injured is you.
‘But damage to other vehicles or property, that you have achieved in spades.
‘I’m not so much concerned about the value of these vehicles in monetary terms, it is the number of vehicles and the fact that any of the people who owned these vehicles, Vauxhall or Porsche Cayennes, they were all valuable.
‘Whatever the value of the vehicles was, I have to look at the fact that you caused extensive damage to a very large number of vehicles. Damage to these vehicles was caused by you driving far too fast.
‘It is frankly a miracle that no one was seriously hurt, perhaps other than you.
‘It’s perhaps a credit to Audi engineering that you weren’t and your passenger escaped serious injury too.
‘It was quite clear that what you did was totally out of character and I accept that.
‘It was your admission that you were racing effectively to try and catch up with that vehicle.
‘You have suffered the consequences perhaps more than anyone else, you continue to have flashbacks and to be unable to get into a car.’
Al Husseini was given a ten month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months.
Judge Paneth added: ‘Had you been even slightly over the limit I would not be suspending the sentence, it is the highly unusual circumstances in this case and the lack of all the aggravating features.’
Al Husseini was also placed under an electronically monitored curfew for four months from 8am to 8pm, with 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement and disqualified from driving for two years.
He must complete an extended driving test to regain his licence.
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