Mustang driver who mowed down moped which clipped wing mirror and beat teenage rider as he lay dying is jailed

A motorist who mowed down and killed a teenager on a moped after his “prized” red Mustang was damaged has been sentenced to life – and ordered to serve at least 23 years in prison.

The Old Bailey had heard how Bradley Clifford, 24, became enraged when his £35,000 car was hit with a bottle – clipping his wing mirror – and gave chase to a scooter being ridden by Sobhan Khan, 18, and his friend Jahshua Francis, 19.

Mr Francis and his passenger drove into oncoming traffic and tried to mount the pavement but were flung into the air following the relentless pursuit through Enfield, north London, in the early hours of August 5 last year.

Lying motionless and catastrophically injured, Mr Khan was then beaten up by Clifford who had got out of his car when it became entangled with the moped.

Bradley Clifford, 24, became enraged when his car was hit with a bottle (Image: PA)
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Prosecutor Aftab Jafferjee QC had said: “The moped was no match for the might of the Mustang.

“It was rapid, it was brutal and it was unrelenting.

“He pursued the moped down a straight stretch of road at speed. Not to apprehend the two people on it, but to mow them down for daring to damage his prized vehicle.

 

“As Sobhan Khan lay virtually motionless, totally defenceless and fatally injured, such was this defendant’s rage that he went over to him and beat him.”

Mr Francis escaped “somewhat miraculously” with minor injuries, he added.

Tempers had earlier flared after a disagreement between two groups of young people outside a bar shortly after 3am, resulting in a proposed fight at a nearby car park, jurors had heard.

Clifford, from Enfield, had denied murdering Mr Khan and attempting to inflict grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Francis claiming it was an accident.

A jury deliberated for nearly 14 hours to find the air conditioning firm manager guilty by a majority of 10 to two.

The defendant stood impassively in the dock as the verdict was delivered yesterday.

He was told of his sentence this morning at the Old Bailey.

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