Sheffield driver charged over road death of police officer

PC Hassan Ali
PC Hassan Ali

A driver has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a Sheffield police officer last year.

Waqas Khan, aged 23 and of Balfour Road, Darnall, pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Hassan Ali by driving without due care and attention.

The incident happened on January 28, 2015 on Staniforth Road in Darnall, with Mr Ali dying from his injuries on February 6.

Khan, who appeared for the hearing at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Thursday afternoon wearing a suit, elected to have a jury trial at crown court following his plea of not guilty.

He was informed the nature of the alleged offence meant the case could be heard at the magistrates’ court if he had wished it to be.

He will appear at Sheffield Crown Court for his next hearing next month.

Khan was granted unconditional bail until the next hearing.

Khan had been originally due to appear at Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing last week but the case was adjourned after the court heard the Sheffield Hallam University student was in Dubai on a pre-arranged internship.

Arshad Khan, representing the defendant, said at the previous hearing that papers had been served on his client on July 5 this year.