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Crawley man jailed for killing his friend Shahid Moghal in car crash

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A motorist whose dangerous driving cost the life of his friend has been jailed for five years and faces a five-year driving ban once he is released.

On Friday, 19 January, following a five-day trial, Travis James Madden, 22, a mechanic, of West Way, Three Bridges, Crawley, was convicted by a jury at Hove Crown Court of causing the death by dangerous driving of Shahid Moghal, 22, a front-seat passenger in a silver Toyota Starlet hatchback car that Madden was driving on 14 October 2016.

At around 8pm the car smashed into a tree on the A2011 Crawley Avenue, Crawley, killing Mr Moghal, from Furnace Green, Crawley. Madden sustained serious leg injuries.

Prior to the trial, Madden admitted causing Mr Moghal’s death while uninsured, and five unrelated counts of dangerous driving on roads in Sussex and Surrey while riding a Kawasaki ZX6R motorcycle between June and September 2016.

The dangerous driving offences were recorded on a helmet-mounted video camera, which Madden was ordered to forfeit, together with his motorcycle.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment for the causing death whilst uninsured offence, and six months on each of the dangerous driving offences, all to run concurrently and all concurrent to his five year jail term, so that he is imprisoned for five years in all.

Judge Jeremy Gold told Madden:

“Your mindset at the time of the collision was that you drove in pursuit of thrill-seeking, no doubt thinking you were invincible. This case in an example of the tragedy that comes from that mindset.”

After the sentencing, Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

“An independent witness who saw the collision told the court how he saw Madden performing a ‘Formula One slip-stream overtake’ of another vehicle, before losing control of his vehicle, leaving the road and colliding with a tree.

“During the course of our investigation we recovered videos from Madden’s mobile phone, and subsequently from his home computer. These videos were recorded by Madden himself whilst riding his high-powered Kawasaki motorcycle in the four months prior to the fatal collision.

“The videos showed him riding at grossly excessive speeds, racing, undertaking other vehicles, and on one occasion using a mobile phone whilst riding at speed.

“It is clear that Madden was a young man who enjoyed the thrill of speed, and had a propensity to drive dangerously, with little or no room for error. He had no regard to the risks he posed to other road users or to himself. Driving in this manner, it was inevitable that at some point he would crash.

“There is no place for dangerous driving on our roads, and we continue to target drivers who take such risks. I would encourage anyone who witnesses such driving to report it immediately on 999, pass information via the Operation Crackdown website or call 101.”

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Urgent appeal as £5k reward offered to find violent man who ransacked Crawley shop and assaulted child

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Police have launched an urgent appeal and offered a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the capture of Jordan Charles.

Charles has links to Crawley and Bexhill in East Sussex as well as Croydon in South London.

The appeal for anonymous information has been launched to urgently find 23-year-old Jordan Charles, who is wanted for questioning over a series of violent incidents in Sussex.  

A string of offences in recent months includes: violence and robbery; threatening revellers with a knife in Brighton; using racist and homophobic language; spitting saliva and blood at police; ransacking a takeaway in Crawley and attacking a customer; attacking staff at another Crawley restaurant with a glass and a metal chain dog lead wrapped around his hand; punching and kicking a woman to the floor outside a nightclub; assaulting a 12-year-old girl who had come to the aid of her mother and aunt during a parking dispute.

He has also failed to appear in court.

Jordan Charles is black, about 5’ 9″, of medium build and with black hair. He is known to have links to Crawley, and is thought to still frequent the area.

Glenys Balchin, Crimestoppers Regional Manager said:

“This man must be found before anyone else comes to harm, which is why we are making an urgent appeal to the public in Sussex, Surrey and south London to help find his location. Jordan Charles is dangerous and the allegations against him are serious.
 
“It is important to remind people that assisting somebody wanted for questioning over a crime can lead to prosecution. We are appealing to anybody who may know the whereabouts of Jordan Charles to urgently tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. You can call our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form.
 
“Crimestoppers has been taking crime information since our charity was formed over 32 years ago. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their anonymous information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you.”

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