Convicted drug dealer caused head-on smash with Rolls-Royce worker motorcyclist

A Rolls-Royce worker had his kneecap shattered when he was knocked from his beloved motorcycle by an uninsured, unlicensed, driver in a head-on smash on Derby’s ring road. Derby Crown Court heard how the victim had to turn down a job on more money at the University of Nottingham as a consequence of being thrown from his bike.

Such were the extent of the injuries caused by convicted drug dealer Jermaine Moran, the man’s voluntary work was also affected as he recuperated. Now, the unemployed 35-year-old has been spared an immediate prison term for his actions.

Handing him a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for 15 months, Judge Shaun Smith KC said: “All of us who drive on the roads rely on people driving properly and, when they don’t, things like this happen. For some reason, you were in a rush that night to get onto that road and your driving was careless and pretty close to dangerous.

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“I have read out to the court what a terrible effect this has had on the complainant. But I have to be realistic about what to do with you.”

Lucky Thandi, prosecuting, said the incident took place in Harvey Road, on the evening of October 17, 2022. She said the victim, a Rolls-Royce worker, was riding his motorcycle home after his shift and was hit head-on by a Ford Fiesta being driven by the defendant as he turned into Neilson Street.

The prosecutor said: “The complainant was thrown into the air, the defendant drove off and effectively left the vehicle and fled from the scene. The victim landed on his knee and his kneecap was effectively shattered.

“He was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre and was operated on.” Miss Thandi was operated on and as well as the injury to his knee needed stitches to a leg wound.

She said he was in hospital for a number of days, where he could only walk with the aid of a frame, before being discharged.

In a victim impact statement he told how he was affected “emotionally and financially” because of what happened to him. He said the motorcycle he was riding had to be written off and this upset him as he had restored and rebuilt it himself in 2015 and 2016 and intended to keep it “for the rest of his life”.

He said he had to turn down a job offer from the University of Nottingham for more money he was earning and his hobbies and voluntary work were also affected. Moran, of Denton Green, Broxtowe estate, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury through careless driving, failing to stop and driving without insurance or a valid licence.

He has a number of driving offences on his criminal record and, in 2009, was jailed for four years for drug dealing offences he committed as a teenager.

Benn Robinson, mitigating, said his client “did not want to trouble to court with any sob stories” and was apologetic for his offending.

As part of the suspended sentence order, the judge ordered Moran to carry out 160 hours unpaid work, to attend a 31-day accredited programme and to attend 15 rehabilitation sessions. He also disqualified him from driving for a year.