A MAN who ran over two men with a car after a fight in a street has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Raja Oomur Munawwar repeatedly ran over Sean O’Callaghan and Charlie Smith in Southfield Street, Nelson, on January 2.

CCTV footage of the incident was played to the court, which showed Munawwar, 29, along with his brother, Raja Raheel Munawwar, fighting with the two victims at around 11.30am.

The footage showed Raja Oomur Munawwar get into a car, with Mr O’Callaghan trying to get into the passenger seat.

Mr O’Callaghan fell out as the car pulled off, running over his leg.

The footage showed Munawwar attempting to reverse into the victim, before trying to run into him again.

Munawwar then drove the car into Mr Smith and repeatedly drove at him again.

Judge Andrew Jeffries QC said there were “at least four deliberate” movements of the car towards the victims.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, said Mr O’Callaghan suffered a broken left tibia, a fractured fibula and a cut above his eye.

Mrs Kehoe said Mr Smith suffered a fractured knee and bruising.

She said: “A lot of investigating was undertaken by the police.

“The car itself was recovered the following day burned out near a reservoir.

“The defendant was arrested at Manchester Airport and taken to a police station.”

The court heard Munawwar had previous convictions including driving dangerously and failing to stop, driving while disqualified, theft from a vehicle, driving while under the influence of alcohol, battery and aggravated vehicle-taking.

Mark Stuart, defending, said his client had not been at the scene to sell drugs.

Mr Stuart said his client had not deliberately ran over Mr O’Callaghan when he reversed the car, as he intended to move the car towards his brother.

However Judge Jeffries said after watching the footage he believed it was deliberate.

Mr Stuart said: “He expresses some sorrow towards Mr O’Callaghan.

“Trouble came to him rather than him looking for trouble.

“It's out of character.”

Regarding a driving ban, Mr Stuart said a life ban would be “disproportionate”.

He said “A particularly lengthy ban almost encourages him to break the law.

“He is going to find it difficult to be away from his family.

“Mr Smith had no treatment for his injuries and Mr O’Callaghan had five days' treatment.”

Munawwar, of Hibson Road, Nelson, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, driving while disqualified and inflicting grievous bodily harm and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

He was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison, given an 11-year driving ban and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

Judge Jeffries said: “It does not matter when people, the victims in this case, are criminals trying to steal from you for drugs.

“You dispute selling drugs, it does not matter, no one is beneath the protection of the law from serious assault.

“You did not go to instigate violence or to harm anyone, what you did was a reaction to what the victims did to you.

“The injuries were not as serious as they might have been when one sees the CCTV footage.”