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Man jailed for driving offence

News   •   Apr 13, 2018 15:56 BST

[Jailed: Michael Sunnooman]

Man guilty of causing death by careless driving sentenced to 12 months in prison.

A man who pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving following a collision in Balham in 2016 was sentenced on Friday, 13 April, to 12 months in prison, of which a minimum of six months will be served. The remainder of the sentence to be served on licence.

He was also disqualified from driving for six months to cover the period to be served in custody. He was disqualified from driving for a further two years and six months, to commence at the end of the custodial period.

Michael Sunnooman, 52 (07.08.65) of Deal Road, Merton, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, 9 April and was sentenced at the same court.

The court heard how at 22:18hrs on 13 September 2016, a car collided with a pedestrian on Bedford Hill near the junction with Balham Station Road, SW12. The car failed to stop at the scene.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene. The pedestrian, 64-year-old David Batcup, died at the scene.

Sunnooman's car - a white Porsche 911 - was found by police abandoned a number of streets away.

Sunnooman made his way to a south London police station a short while later, from where he called police. He was arrested, and following an extensive investigation, was subsequently charged.

A post-mortem examination, carried out at St George's Hospital mortuary on 19 September 2016 gave the cause of death as multiple injuries.

Detective Constable Liam Kerrigan, from the Met's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "Michael Sunnooman’s failure to stop at the scene showed his disregard for the crime he had committed and the harm he had caused, thinking only of his own situation.

"This incident highlights just how tragic the consequences of driving without due care and attention can be. Sunnooman's lapse in concentration sadly cost a man his life, and has caused his family immense pain."