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Man To Be Sentenced For Running Over Police Officer

A car thief has admitted seriously injuring a police officer who he ran over with his own police car.

PC Gareth Phillips suffered potentially life-changing injuries when he was punched to the ground and hit by his car in Moseley, Birmingham, last month. The traffic officer was attacked stopping Mubashar Hussain, 29, who had stolen a Range Rover Evoque.

Hussain admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was remanded in custody ahead of sentencing on 15 October. The accused, of no fixed address, faced a total of 12 charges when he appeared via videolink at Birmingham Crown Court earlier.

Mr Phillips, 42, had gone to reports of a stolen car in Moorcroft Road at about 16:45 BST on 10 August and found Hussain in the driver’s seat and his co-defendant Ahsan Ghafoor in the passenger seat.

Hussain fought back as the PC and other officers tried to arrest him. He was Tasered but managed to break free and got into Mr Phillips’ BMW police car which was parked behind the stolen car and drove at the officer. Hussain, who was already banned from driving, fled the scene, driving over the PC.

He abandoned the vehicle a short time later in the Sparkbrook area and arrested. He was originally charged with attempted murder.

Mr Phillips underwent two operations within hours of the attack and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC told the court updated medical evidence about Pc Phillips’ injuries would be presented at the next hearing. Hussain admitted causing grievous bodily harm, two counts of vehicle theft, dangerous driving, two counts of driving while disqualified, two counts of assault, assaulting an emergency worker, aggravated vehicle-taking, and two charges of having no insurance. His co-defendant Ghafoor, 24, also of no fixed address, admitted two counts of car theft and was also remanded in custody.

Ghafoor also admitted dangerous driving, having no insurance and driving other than in accordance with a licence.

Paul Farrow, of the CPS, said: “This was a sickening offence where Hussain’s only thought was to ensure his escape, whatever the cost. “Our thoughts are with PC Phillips as he embarks upon a long road to what is hoped will be a full recovery, although this remains uncertain.”

West Midlands Police said Mr Phillips had now moved from the intensive care unit on to a general ward, was “comfortable and in good spirits”.

A spokesperson said: “He and his family have been absolutely overwhelmed by messages of support and they have asked that their heartfelt thanks be passed on to everyone who has been in touch.”

Hussain pleaded not guilty to a further count of assault with intent to resist arrest, which will not be proceeded with.

The CPS confirmed that Hussain was originally charged with attempted murder “before all the available footage and other evidence was available”. “On careful review of all of the evidence, it could not be proved that Hussain had an intention to kill PC Phillips as he drove forward and this meant that there was insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for the offence of attempted murder. “Causing grievous bodily harm to PC Phillips with intent to resist arrest was considered to be the appropriate charge,” a CPS spokesman said.