A bogus minicab driver who left a woman dead and her two grandchildren seriously injured when he smashed into a dust cart has been jailed for 12 months.
Delwar Hussain, 31, of Ashmore Road, Queen's Park, removed two back seats from his people carrier in order to squeeze the family of five, including a toddler and a baby, into his car.
During the journey Hussain failed to spot an oncoming dumpster and drove straight into its path on November 19 last year.
Grandmother Toyoko Rask, 66, was killed, while her granddaughters, Mai, three, and Naja Christenson, just three months, were left with horrific head and facial injuries.
Heavily pregnant Pia Rask, 32, and the children's mother Conny Christenson, 36, suffered cuts and bruises.
Hussain, who did not have a Public Carriage licence, then concocted a ridiculous story, claiming he had been kidnapped by three men who had forced him to collect the women.
North Kensington resident and minicab controller Mohammed Rathore, 36, of Manchester Drive, and Abdul Hasankheil of Northwick Road, Wembley, lied to back him up.
Sergeant Julian Goodchild, of the City of London Police, said of Rathore and Hasankheil: "These men lied to cover their own backs. In doing so they not only wasted police time but added to the distress of the Rask family, whose lives have been devastated by the death of a much-loved mother and grandmother."
Hussain was jailed at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting one charge of fraud and two of careless driving and driving without insurance.
Rathore was locked up for 18 months for his lies.
Hasankheil was let off with an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years. Both pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.