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MP ‘amazed’ at light sentences for killers of Muslim man

16th Jul 2021
MP ‘amazed’ at light sentences for killers of Muslim man

Jamie Taylor (left) and Taylor Pountney carried out the attack in Maypole in September 2019
(Credit:West Midlands Police)

Elham Asaad Buaras

A Birmingham MP has voiced his amazement at the “leniency” of sentences given to teenagers who killed a husband in a meaningless road rage attack.

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe said he hoped Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, would investigate the case after the two killers of Amaan Momand received jail terms totalling seven years between them.

Momand, 23, suffered one punch and a single kick when an argument spiralled into violence near shops on Alcester Road South in Maypole at about 4.30 pm on September 19, 2019.

Jamie Taylor and Taylor Pountney, who was just 17 at the time, objected to Momand and his wife crossing the road in front of the car they were in.
Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, Pountney was found guilty of manslaughter on June 16.

Taylor, 23, had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Both men were sentenced on June 18 with Taylor jailed for four years and Pountney for three years.

McCabe, a Labour MP, said, “Manslaughter may have been the correct charge given that technically they didn’t set out to kill Mr Momand, but this was a vicious, deliberate and premeditated attack which resulted in them killing this poor man.

“I’m amazed at the leniency of the sentences. Both the Prime Minister and the Justice Secretary have been talking a lot about tougher sentences recently, so I’ll be expecting them to agree to take another look at this.”

During the confrontation, Pountney punched Momand, knocking him backwards off the pavement. Taylor launched a high-kick at him, causing Momand to fall against a nearby car.

Racial abuse was shouted at Momand’s wife and as the confrontation escalated, Pountney punched Momand – knocking him backwards off the pavement.

Both blows struck Momand on the head and neck, resulting in fatal injuries. Passers-by tended to Momand before paramedics arrived, and he was taken to hospital in a critical condition. He died three days later on September 22, a post-mortem examination showed he had died from a head injury.

Taylor handed himself in to police on the evening of the attack and officers traced Pountney to an address in Birmingham where he was arrested on September 22.

Det Insp Michelle Allen, from the Homicide Department, said: “Rather than drive away and carry on with their day, this pair chose to get out of the car they were travelling in and confront Mr Momand and his wife just because they had to brake to allow the couple to cross the road.

“This is a senseless and tragic incident over a matter so trivial that descended into such significant violence that a man has lost his life. This could have been avoided if they had simply driven away.

“My sincere condolences remain with Mr Momand’s family who are still coming to terms with their loss. We hope that this conviction will come as some comfort to them.”

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