BRADFORD: Police are searching for a violent carjacker who went on the run before being sentenced to 12 years in prison for a series of robberies.
Detectives say that Waqas Hussain, who is 20 and from Fearnsides Terrace in Girlington, absconded during his trial. He was found guilty of five carjackings in West Yorkshire as well as possession of a firearm at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday.
The offences included a robbery in St Matthew’s Grove in Wilsden last October, where a man in his forties was dragged from his car and tasered and then in November in Halifax Road, a woman with a baby was threatened with a firearm before her car was taken.
A 15-year-old boy from Bradford, who cannot be named for legal reasons was also sentenced. He was given six and a half years at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, of Bradford District CID, said:
“These were very serious offences in which Hussain and others used violence to steal desirable cars from vulnerable victims.”
Our enquiries into these incidents and other similar matters are continuing to identify the others who took part in these terrifying robberies.
Violent crime will not be tolerated and the sentences passed should serve as a deterrent to others.”