A biker who was pictured grinning in a police mugshot after he killed an eight-year-old boy in Plumstead has had separate assault charge dismissed. 

Nicholas Hopkins, 20, ploughed into Mustafa Ahmed, his 10-year-old brother and his dad as they crossed the road.  

Mustafa was later pronounced dead at the scene while his dad was left in a coma for two months.  

On November 17 Hopkins pleaded guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving, driving whilst uninsured and possession of class B drugs. He will be sentenced in January. 

But Hopkins has now appeared in the dock again, this time at Bromley Magistrates’ Court where he was facing charges of assaulting a woman on September 29 while he was on bail. 

Hopkins, of Burrage Grove in Plumstead, had pleaded not guilty to the charge and on Tuesday (December 5) the court decided to dismiss the case. 

"A tragic case"

The incident which killed Mustafa took place at around 7.30pm on Sunday February 19.  

Detective Sergeant Sam Miles, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Our thoughts remain with Mustafa’s family – who continue to struggle with the events of that day – as well as the officers and paramedics who were first on scene.  
“This is truly a tragic case, caused by the defendants reckless and dangerous driving. Mustafa was only eight years old, and had the rest of his life ahead of him.” 

News Shopper: The scene of the crashThe scene of the crash (Image: @JamesDelamare/Twitter)Mustafa’s mum said she ran a mile-and-a-half from her home when she was told about the crash, only to find her son dead. 

Heyfa Akubar, made the journey on foot from Woolwich Dockyard to Plumstead Road. 

The 43-year-old then collapsed when she found Mustafa dead in the street, as reported by the Mirror. 

Greenwich Council has since outlined plans to add traffic calming measures to Plumstead Road.  

The topic was raised during a highways committee meeting for Greenwich Council earlier this month following a petition to add traffic calming measures that receives 1,860.  

At the meeting, the committee agreed to suggest a 20mph zone be added to the road as soon as possible, along with a speed table, a potential pinch point and increasing the time available for people to cross the road.  

The recommendations are set to be presented to the full council at a meeting on December 6.