Girlington bail jumper pleads guilty to charges 7 years after going on run (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Girlington bail jumper pleads guilty to charges 7 years after going on run
A Bradford drug dealer on the run for seven years is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to all the charges against him.
Zubair Ahmed Shah, 40, was arrested in June after arriving back in the UK on a flight from Pakistan.
He was wanted on a warrant after jumping bail in January 2006.
Shah, formerly of Hollings Square, Girlington, Bradford, yesterday appeared from custody at Bradford Crown Court where he admitted possession of crack cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, in the city on July 26, 2004.
The court was told he had already pleaded guilty to unrelated charges of dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice, as well as the Bail Act offence.
Prosecutor Austin Newman said Shah was an absconder for seven years.
He told the court police carrying out observations on street drug dealing in Bradford swooped on a car in which Shah was a passenger after witnessing a drug deal.
Officers seized cash and wraps of class A drugs from the vehicle.
Diaries recovered from Shah’s car, and pre-prepared tear-off strips of paper with his mobile phone number on, pointed to previous involvement in drug dealing, Mr Newman said.
Narinder Sekhon, Shah’s barrister, asked for the case to be adjourned until November 1 to await the preparation of a pyschiatric report.
Judge Robert Bartfield remanded Shah in custody for fear that he would abscond.
He told him the only issue for him to determine was the length of the prison sentence he would receive.
In 2008, Shah was named as one of four men wanted by West Yorkshire Police in connection with different drugs investigations.
At the time, officers said he was known to frequent Manningham and Girlington but it was believed he might be in Pakistan.
He was arrested at Terminal 2 at Manchester Airport at 9pm on June 18.
Shah had been charged with perverting the course of justice after a teenager was killed in a hit-and-run incident.
Paul MacAndrew, 19, of Armley, Leeds, died after being struck by a car as he ran across Stanningley Road, Leeds, in June, 2003.
A police investigation resulted in Shah being charged with perverting the course of justice but he failed to appear at Leeds Crown Court and the arrest warrant was issued.