AN unlicensed private hire driver who knocked down and killed a seven-year-old boy after the Bradford youngster was left “home alone” by his mother has been jailed for nine years and nine months.

Back in August 2020, Malakye Hall managed to get out of a house while his mum Wendy Hall was visiting her partner. 

At about 10pm that night, he was hit by Mohsin Hussain’s Toyota Auris on Manchester Road.

His 33-year-old mum was subsequently jailed for three years after she admitted a charge of neglect and last month father-of-three Hussain, 32, of Carlisle Terrace, Bradford, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing Malakye’s death by dangerous driving.

Bradford Crown Court heard that despite his private hire licence having expired the month before the collision, Hussain had continued operating as a cabbie and had completed an estimated 70 fare-paying journeys while unlicensed.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Malakye HallMalakye Hall (Image: Family)

But Hussain was not working as a cabbie on the night he struck the youngster and after the collision, he was found to have more than double the limit for cannabis in his system.

Judge Jonathan Rose was shown dashcam footage from Hussain’s Toyota which showed him driving over the speed limit on several city centre roads in the minutes leading up to the fatal collision.

The footage showed Hussain going around a roundabout the wrong way, running red lights, and undertaking other motorists shortly before he hit Malakye as he tried to cross Manchester Road.

The boy suffered fatal head injuries in the collision and was later pronounced dead in hospital.

Prosecutor Abigail Langford conceded that Malakye appeared to have run into the carriageway, but she said the judge had to take account of Hussain’s dangerous driving over the previous 2.6 miles before the collision.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: A tribute left to MalakyeA tribute left to Malakye (Image: Newsquest)

The court heard that Hussain, who was dealt with for a speeding offence just six months before the collision, remained at the scene of the incident and had subsequently expressed genuine remorse.

His barrister Oliver Jarvis said Hussain had paid some money towards the expenses for Malakye’s funeral and had constantly said he was sorry during an interview for a pre-sentence report.

Mr Jarvis said there was no justification for the way his client had been driving that night and he accepted that his driving had been impaired through drugs.

Sentencing Hussain Judge Rose stressed that no sentence the court could pass could ever compensate for the loss of Malakye or represent the value of his life.

Judge Rose said Hussain had been driving at speed and without regard for other road users, including pedestrians, for some time before he struck and killed the little boy.

“You were prepared to drive on public roads when you knew, or ought to have known, that your ability to drive was significantly impaired,” he told Hussain.

During his driving that night Hussain reached speeds of almost double the 30mph limit and he was driving at about 53 or 54mph when he hit Malakye.

Judge Rose said Hussain had been driving dangerously since the moment he left his home that night and his dangerous driving and impatience with other road users had all brought about the death of Malakye.

He accepted that since the fatal collision Hussain had been volunteering and had been involved in educating others on road safety.

Hussain was banned from driving for a total of 10 years and 10 months and he must also take an extended re-test at the end of that disqualification period.

Speaking after the court hearing, Detective Inspector Paul Conroy, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “Malakye’s death has had a profound effect on his family and everyone who knew him.

"They have had to wait three years for this to come to a conclusion and I thank them for their patience.  

“I know that today’s sentence will never bring Malakye back but I hope that it can give them some comfort and justice in knowing that the man responsible for driving the car that hit Malakye has been jailed.” 

In the weeks following his death, his family set up a Crowdfunding page to help cover the cost of his funeral.

Scores of touching tributes were left on the page following the tragic news of his death.