Belfast Telegraph

Killer driver facing prison term

A driver who knocked down and killed an Irish university student has been warned to expect a lengthy jail term.

Fahid Saber will be sentenced in the UK next month after pleading guilty to causing the death of 22-year-old Joseph O'Reilly by dangerous driving.

Mr O'Reilly, originally from Co Kildare, was on a night out in Birmingham when he was struck by Saber's Volkswagen Polo on December 15 last year.

The victim, a student at the University of Wolverhampton, was pronounced dead shortly after the collision at 5.15am.

Saber, of Bromford Lane, Bromford, Birmingham, also pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to a separate charge of dangerous driving.

Granting him bail until a sentencing hearing on October 24, Judge Paul Farrer QC told him: "You have pleaded guilty to an offence of extreme seriousness and, as I suspect you are aware, the inevitable sentence is a prison sentence, and a long prison sentence.

"Notwithstanding that, you are 22 years of age and in the circumstances it seems right to me that the court has more information before deciding on the length of that sentence."

CCTV evidence will be played to the court which sentences Saber, who failed to stop at the scene and was arrested in the Bordesley area of Birmingham.

Mr O'Reilly, known to friends as Jody, was an avid Aston Villa fan and lived at a university campus in Walsall.

Officials at Aston Villa agreed to hold a minute's applause in memory of the student before a home fixture shortly after his death.


From Belfast Telegraph