Man jailed for 'unimaginable, violent' assault in Bedford after dragging woman from her car

Delivery driver was also rammed by attacker after he came to woman's aid

A man has been jailed for three years after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman in Bedford.

Takadas Ali, 25, of Cairns Street, Walsall, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman and dangerous driving, and was sentenced at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday, February 16.

On August 25, 2020, Ali dragged a woman out of a car parked in Seaforth Gardens, Bedford, and assaulted her by kicking and punching. The attack was witnessed by a delivery driver passing nearby, who let the victim into his van and drove off from the location.

Takadas Ali

Ali then got back in his car and began pursuing the delivery vehicle, ramming into the back of it and trying to push it off the road.

He was unsuccessful, and the victim was taken to a place of safety by the delivery driver.

Ali was sentenced to three years in prison for one count of assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and one year for dangerous driving to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for a period of four years and will need take an extended retest.

Additionally, the judge recognised the brave actions of the delivery driver who was awarded £200.

Detective Constable Harry Barron, who investigated the assault, said: “This was an unimaginable violent assault and we are satisfied with the prison sentence. Ali is a dangerous and unstable individual, and he belongs behind bars.

“The delivery driver risked his own life and wellbeing to protect the victim from Ali’s attack and I would like to recognise his courage. If it wasn’t for his swift actions, this incident could have had far more tragic consequences.

“Violence of any kind won’t be tolerated, and we remain committed to bringing the offenders to justice.”

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