Murder of Raja Ahmed
|Died||31 August 1999 (aged 35)
Miles Platting, Manchester, England
|Department||Greater Manchester Police|
PC Raja Bashrat Ahmed (Urdu: راجہ بشارت احمد; 1964 – 31 August 1999) was an English police officer serving with Greater Manchester Police who was murdered when his motorcycle was deliberately rammed by a car thief into moving traffic.
Ahmed was the first Greater Manchester police officer to be murdered on duty since Inspector Raymond Codling was shot at a motorway service station in 1989. Local man Steven Draper was convicted in 2000 of Ahmed's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
On 31 August 1999, Ahmed was on motorcycle patrol in Miles Platting, in central Manchester, when he saw a suspected stolen Vauxhall Nova in the traffic ahead of him. Also in the stolen car were the suspect's 27-year-old girlfriend, Sandra Reynolds, and her two daughters, aged eight and twelve. Upon seeing Ahmed, the suspect reversed suddenly, forcing the officer to manoeuvre his BMW motorcycle between two cars which were stopped at traffic lights.
The suspect then drove at Ahmed's motorcycle, ramming him 82 feet (25 m) forward into the busy road junction; Ahmed was struck by an articulated lorry. He was taken to hospital by ambulance but he died as a result of his injuries. The suspect fled the scene and attempted to call a taxi.
The suspect in the stolen car, 28-year-old Steven Draper of Salford, was unanimously convicted by a jury of seven men and five women at Manchester crown court, and was sentenced to life imprisonment on 30 June 2000 for Ahmed's murder. On the day of the incident Draper was on probation for various vehicle-related offences, including theft. He had appeared before the courts on 24 different occasions previously, including once after he attacked a police officer with a screwdriver for which he served three months in prison.
Draper had denied murdering Ahmed but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing death by dangerous driving. He was disqualified from driving for seventeen years and ordered to re-take his driving test if he is paroled from prison.