UK Indian Billal Shah faces 13 years imprisonment for GBH

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Harrow's Billal Shah, 28, to be imprisoned for 13 years for GBH
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UK Indian Billal Shah has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) to a cashier working at a Harrow petrol station. Shah also faces charges against him for fraud and dangerous driving.

On March 4, 28-year old Shah entered the forecourt of Total Petrol Station at Kenton Road, Harrow borough’s main road, with his grey Nissan Micra and filled up the car with £55 worth of petrol.

Shah attempted to fraudulently pay with a credit card which was not in his name, London Metropolitan Police has said. The payment did not go through and Shah wrote an IOU note giving false details. The cashier asked him to leave his tax disc whilst he went home to get the money.

But, Shah returned to his vehicle and drove off at speed with the cashier chasing him. The victim was later found lying on the road, 150 metres up Preston Hill with life threatening injuries. London Ambulance Services and the police were called at the scene. Shah failed to stop at the crime scene, the police said. 

The victim received treatment at the scene and was taken to the hospital where he remained unconscious for several weeks. His leg required amputation at the hip and his pelvis has been reconstructed.

Shah was arrested by the police after an 11-day manhunt.

“The victim was left for dead and it is incredible he survived,” said Savi Arora, detective constable at the Brent Violent Crime Unit. The victim is still in the hospital, five and a half months after the incident.

"The assault has had life-changing consequences for him and no sentence will compensate for the injuries the victim will have to live with for the rest of his life, but I hope it offers some reassurance that the defendant is being punished for the crime,” Arora said.

Shah was sentenced on August 17, at Harrow Crown court for GBH with intent. He also faces one year imprisonment for dangerous driving and six months imprisonment for fraud to run concurrent with the GBH.

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