Lord Ahmed freed from prison

LORD Ahmed - the South Yorkshire peer who sent and received text messages on the motorway minutes before a fatal crash - is free from prison today after serving just 16 days of a 12-week sentence for dangerous driving.

Nazir Ahmed was freed from jail by three Appeal Court judges this afternoon.

He had been held at Doncaster Prison and, under the terms of his release, must live at his home address until this weekend.

He was locked up for 12 weeks at Sheffield Crown Court less than a month ago, on February 25, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

He had admitting sending and receiving texts while driving at 60mph at night on the M1 near Rotherham, before being involved in a crash in which a man died.

But Lady Justice Hallett, sitting at the Court of Appeal in London with Mr Justice Keith and the Recorder of Liverpool Judge Henry Globe QC, decided to suspend the sentence allowing him to go free immediately.

The 51-year-old from East Bawtry Road, Rotherham, would have been freed next Friday anyway, the court heard, and had therefore almost completed his sentence.

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