Detectives hit out at hit-and-run driver Mohammed Ali’s “reckless and violent” actions.

The 20-year-old was sentenced to six years and four months behind bars on Monday after he admitted wounding with intent. He had been behind the wheel of a Nissan Juke SUV that was driven at Morgan Sheppard on Rodbourne Road on March 6 this year. Mr Sheppard was left in a coma with a serious brain injury. 

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Reacting to the sentence handed down by Judge Robert Pawson, Det Ch Insp Phil Walker of Wiltshire Police said: "Ali's victim was fortunate not to die from his injuries. This was a reckless and violent act which put the lives of innocent members of the public at risk - it was fortunate that no other person was seriously injured as a result of Ali's actions.

"Our officers worked tirelessly on this case and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank those at the scene who aided the victim before medical assistance arrived, and subsequently the witnesses who came forward and gave their accounts of what happened to help get this guilty plea."

The officers' efforts were praised by Judge Pawson