Disgruntled nightclub patron jailed after ploughing into dancefloor with stolen SUV
A man has been jailed for 28 years after driving a stolen vehicle into an English nightclub on St Patrick’s Day in a revenge attack on bouncers.
- The 21-year-old man was asked to leave for drunken behaviour, having consumed 15 drinks
- He later drove into the nightclub “at speed” in a stolen vehicle
- A woman suffered a dislocated knee and a man’s shinbone was shattered, but no-one was killed
Mohammed Abdul was asked to leave the Gravesend nightclub in north-west Kent just before midnight on March 17 last year for appearing to be drunk.
CCTV shows the 21-year-old arguing with guards.
According to the BBC he told guards, “I’m going to come back and shut this place down and kill you guys”, before eventually walking off.
Abdul returned about 10 minutes later in a stolen four-wheel drive, speeding through an alleyway leading from the main road to the club.
According to a report from The Independent, he paused for nine seconds to make up his mind before ploughing into a marquee attached to the club.
Abdul consumed more than a dozen drinks during the course of the night. (Facebook: Kent Police)
Prosecutor Simon Taylor said he drove “at speed” onto the dance floor, injuring about 10 people.
One woman suffered a dislocated knee, another had a fractured pelvis and a man was left with a shattered shinbone.
Abdul was pulled from the car by security staff and was later charged with attempted murder by police.
Abdul told an English court that he wanted to give the security staff “a bit of grief” but “absolutely” did not intend to kill anyone.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t know people were in the marquee, but my attention was directed towards the people, the hostile environment around me,” he said.
“My intention wasn’t to hurt people in the marquee.”
Tweet from Sonny Powar: Never been so scared in my life. The car came inches from running me and my friends over, What is the world coming too? SMH
The court heard the 21-year-old had consumed as many as 15 vodkas and tequila shots on the night, as well as smoking five cannabis joints.
He admitted to being very drunk, but he believed he had been treated unfairly by being asked to leave.
After a jury failed to reach a verdict on his guilt in September, Abdul was subjected to a retrial, where he was convicted of two counts of attempted murder.
Detective Sergeant Alastair Worton of Kent Police welcomed Thursday’s sentence.
“Abdul’s actions that night were beyond deplorable, from his inappropriate behaviour which led to him being ejected from [the nightclub], right through to driving at innocent people who were only looking for a good night,” he said.
“The idea of a vehicle being driven at people evokes very significant emotions in today’s climate and it is a miracle no-one died as a result of Abdul driving a 4×4 into the marquee.
“Many of those who were injured are still recovering now and I hope today’s sentencing helps them find some closure.”