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Man jailed for more than 10 years for causing death by dangerous driving

Mr Shafiq, known as ‘Paul’ by family and friends, was hit by a car driven by Caraleanu during the early hours of Tuesday 23 October 2018.

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A man has been jailed for more than 10 years for causing death by dangerous driving in relation to an incident at the Forest Recreation Ground Park and Ride in Forest Fields.

Marius Caraleanu, 25, was locked up today (Wednesday 3 July 2019) when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing having pleaded guilty to causing the death of 48-year-old Omar Shafiq.

He was jailed for 10 years and eight months and disqualified from driving for 10 years and four months.

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Mr Shafiq, known as ‘Paul’ by family and friends, was hit by a car driven by Caraleanu during the early hours of Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Officers and paramedics administered CPR at the scene before he was put into an ambulance.

Omar Shafiq family pic
Omar Shafiq

He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre where he died as a result of his injuries later that morning.

Officers traced the offending vehicle which was found damaged and abandoned and arrested Caraleanu, of Randal Gardens, Hyson Green.

In a statement paying tribute to Mr Shafiq, his family said: “Our beloved son was taken from us on the 23 October 2018. Yesterday (Tuesday 2 July 2019) an individual pleaded guilty to causing Paul’s death by dangerous driving. As a family we accept the court result. Paul’s memory will live on in our hearts for all time. Rest in peace Paul.”

Detective Inspector Justine Wilson said: “This was a difficult and technical case. I would firstly like to thank all the members of public who on that dreadful night went to help Omar. It was a traumatic event for all.

“There is no verdict or sentence that can bring Omar back to his family or take away the pain but I would like to thank Omar’s family for showing such dignity and patience.”

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