A motorist who dragged a popular Peterborough teenager to his death after robbing him of £130 in cash has failed to persuade top judges his 10-year driving ban was too long.
James Pettit, (23), was caged for eight and a half years at Cambridge Crown Court in November last year after admitting robbery and manslaughter of Mohammed ‘Haroon’ Sanghar.
On top of that he was banned from the road for a decade.
His accomplice, Dino Fumo, was handed a 20-month sentence for robbery.
The pair were jailed over the death of Mr Sanghar, 18, who had arranged to meet Pettit and Fumo in the victim’s home city of Peterborough to buy drugs.
Pettit and Fumo drove from Bedford to Peterborough for the rendezvous, Mr Justice Sweeney told London’s Appeal Court, with Fumo in the passenger seat.
At the pre-arranged meeting point, Mr Sanghar approached the passenger window with £130 in his hand, with the tragic chain of events graphically captured on CCTV.
“Mr Fumo grabbed the money and, within seconds, Pettit had accelerated away,” said the judge.
“Mr Sanghar was unable to get away safely from the car and was dragged along for 138 metres - to a point where he was thrown from the car.”
He sustained “massive head injuries” from which he died the following day.
Pettit, from Bedford, today challenged his driving ban, claiming it was far too tough.
His lawyers pointed out that, if he only serves half his sentence, he will be unable to drive for almost six years after his release.
But Mr Justice Sweeney, sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Elleri Rees, noted his “deliberate and sustained” reckless driving.
Dismissing the appeal, he said the driving disqualification was “within the requisite range”.