A FALSELY accused taxi driver turned detective to clear himself of a child assault charge.
Aamer Shahzad, 31, was questioned by police under caution after a mum made a statement saying he had struck her two-year-old son after he misbehaved during a journey to Normanton in July.
“Wholly innocent” Mr Shahzad, of Local Cars, retraced his journey and found the damning CCTV which showed the mother assaulting her own son.
The confronted woman said she slapped the boy on his bare legs after he bit her. She feared the boy’s father would see what she’d done, so she made up an “outrageous allegation”.
Mr Shahzad, of Bradford, said: “I was shocked that the woman said I had hit her son. I couldn’t understand what she had against me – all I did was pick her up and drop her off.
“I could have lost my job – even though it was only an allegation I could have had my badge taken off me. I knew the police would take a while to investigate and I didn’t want it hanging over me.”
He knew the owner of a mobile phone shop, close to where he dropped her off, which had CCTV cameras. When he looked at the footage, he saw the woman hitting the toddler.
Mr Shahzad said: “If I hadn’t had got hold of that footage then I might have ended up having to go to court – my life would’ve been ruined.”
His boss, Wasim Ramzan, said: “He had to prove himself not guilty – it’s usually the police’s job but he did it himself.
“He’s a good driver, he’s worked for me for two years and I’ve never had one complaint about him.”
Earlier this week the mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence after admitting perverting the course of justice and assault.
The sentence will hang over her head for 24 months. She must also complete a two-year supervision requirement.
Recorder Simon Jackson QC speculated what would’ve happened if Mr Shahzad had not secured the CCTV and the mum’s account had been believed.
He said: “This would have led to this serious charge against this wholly innocent man with perhaps a miscarriage of justice following.”