A Bedford delivery driver who risked his own life to help the female victim of a vicious attack has been praised by a judge and police.
On 25 August 2020, Takadas Ali, 25, of Cairns Street, Walsall, dragged a woman from a parked car in Seaforth Gardens, Bedford and then viciously assaulted her by kicking and punching.
Yesterday (Tuesday), he pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman and dangerous driving, and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to three years in prison and described by police as “a dangerous and unstable individual.”
The attack was witnessed by a passing delivery driver, who helped the victim into his van and away from the scene.
While that should have been the end of the ordeal, Ali then got back in his car and began pursuing the delivery vehicle, ramming into the back of it and trying to push it off the road.
He was unsuccessful, and the victim was taken to a place of safety by the delivery driver.
Ali was sentenced to three years in prison for one count of assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and one year for dangerous driving to run concurrently.
He was also disqualified from driving for a period of four years and will need take an extended retest.
Additionally, the judge recognised the brave actions of the delivery driver who was awarded £200.
Detective Constable Harry Barron, who investigated the assault, said: “This was an unimaginable violent assault and we are satisfied with the prison sentence.
“Ali is a dangerous and unstable individual, and he belongs behind bars.
“The delivery driver risked his own life and wellbeing to protect the victim from Ali’s attack and I would like to recognise his courage. If it wasn’t for his swift actions, this incident could have had far more tragic consequences.
“Violence of any kind won’t be tolerated, and we remain committed to bringing the offenders to justice.”
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