A biker who killed an eight-year-old boy on a pedestrian crossing in Plumstead has been jailed for 12 years.

Nicholas Hopkins, who was unlicensed and uninsured, ploughed into Mustafa Ahmed as he crossed the road with his dad and 10-year-old brother on February 19 last year.

Mustafa died at the scene of the crash while his brother and dad both suffered life changing injuries.

Horrific CCTV footage showed Hopkins speeding past stationary cars and through a set of red traffic lights before crashing into the family.

On Friday (February 2) Inner London Crown Court heard that experts calculated Hopkin's speed was nearly 60mph, despite it being a 30mph road.

Hopkins, aged 20, pleaded guilty in November to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing death whilst uninsured, and causing death whilst unlicensed.

'No parent should have to bury their child'

Mustafa's aunt, Sara, held back tears as she told the court: “Mustafa was an amazing little boy. He was like a son I never birthed. He was cheerful and helpful. He was everyone’s best friend.

“Him being snatched from our life was unlike any pain I have ever experienced. We as a family are traumatised and cannot live a normal life.

“Every time we see a motorbike we are reminded of the accident. No parent should have to bury their child.

“Our current reality is adjusting to this new life that we never wanted or asked for. We are grateful for the eight years we spent with Mustafa.

"We will tell our future generations stories about him. He is in heaven where he belongs, as he was too good for this cruel world.”

Other members of the family, including Mustafa’s mother, cried as the statement was read out.

Prosecutor Louise Oakley told Inner London Crown Court that the harm in this case “is of the utmost seriousness because Mustafa lost his life.”

She also detailed the extensive injuries sustained by Mustafa’s father Mohammed and brother Ahmed, who are suffering to this day.

She said: “Mohammed sustained several serious injuries, including internal bleeding. He also suffered partial collapses to his left lung and had to be incubated (put into a coma).

“His consciousness remained low until March, meaning he did not find out that his youngest son had been killed until some while after the incident.”

News Shopper: The scene of the crashThe scene of the crash (Image: @JamesDelamare/Twitter)Ms Oakley added that Mohammed has undergone multiple surgeries – with another scheduled soon – and has lost his job as a bus driver due to his injuries.

Discussing Ahmed, she continued: “Ahmed sustained head, neck, abdominal, including liver and spleen injuries, and open wounds to his legs.

“He suffered from significant injuries and issues with his vision.

“He also suffered bowel issues as a result of his injuries and had to be introduced to a soft diet.

“He was not discharged from hospital until March 15. He is still receiving treatment, as an outpatient, but still under the care of the paediatric team.

“Nowadays, flashbacks of the incident mean he is not able to remain at school throughout the day.

“I present that both Mohammed and Ahmed’s injuries are therefore life changing.”

'Attack on his ex'

Hopkins, who appeared via video link from Thameside Prison, mainly stared at the floor as the details of the incident were read out.

The 20-year-old, who had curly ginger hair and was wearing glasses, only showed emotion when Ms Oakley detailed the other offences he was being sentenced for.

They were assault occasioning actual bodily harm, an offence of strangulation, and an offence of threatening with an offensive weapon.

Ms Oakley explained that these offences involved domestic violence against a former partner who he shares a daughter with.

She said: “The defendant told her that he had cheated on her, and so she said she was going to leave him.

“The defendant then punched her in the face, slammed her head against the wall, bit her forehead, and repeatedly punched her to the abdomen and hip.

“He then strangled her to the point where she lost vision.

“Fearing for her life, she managed to bite him, and he let her go.

“She proceeded to text her dad asking to pick her up, and texted a male friend called Alfie.

“But after seeing the messages, the defendant held a pair of scissors to her throat and threatened to kill her.”

In mitigation, Hopkins’ barrister Salma Lalani said: “He has been classified as a vulnerable defendant by psychiatrists.

“Due to the injuries he sustained to his brain in the accident, he cannot remember what happened in February 2023.

“He has ADHD, autism, and anxiety, and is very vulnerable to violence and exploitation from others.

“There have been occasions on which he has tried to kill himself.

“He feels ashamed about what he has done and wants to be a better person and a better parent.

“He wants to apologise to his former partner, and his daughter.”

But Ms Lalani added: “He is aware that nothing can undo the harm he has done.”

Hopkins’ mother watched from the public gallery throughout the proceedings.

12 years

Sentencing Hopkins, Judge Freya Newbury told him: “You are 20 years old and will be 21 years old in just a couple days’ time.

“It falls upon me to sentence you for a number of very serious offences today, principally causing death by dangerous driving.

“That horrific incident occurred on February 19, 2023.

“There is a lot of evidence that you were driving at speed, and I have also seen the CCTV.

“You only had a provisional licence, which should not have allowed you to drive a powerful motorcycle.

“You ignored red traffic lights, you ignored the build-up of traffic on the road, you ignored the stationary vehicles, and you ignored the fact that pedestrians were crossing.

“You drove straight into them at high speed.

“The scene was horrific. There were many onlookers, pedestrians and other drivers, who witnessed and heard the family struck and flung down the road by the force of the impact.

“Despite the best efforts of the emergency services, Mustafa was declared dead at the scene, and his father and brother were taken to hospital with severe injuries.

“This brief summary can of course not do justice to the extent of the family’s suffering.

“I also sentence you for domestic violence offences, which show high levels of culpability and high levels of harm.”

News Shopper: Nicholas Hopkins Nicholas Hopkins (Image: Met Police)Discussing mitigation, Judge Newbury told Hopkins: “You have been deemed vulnerable and have faced threats from other prisoners.

“You have expressed remorse and have accepted that you must be punished for your actions.”

She then sentenced Hopkins to a total of 10 years and eight months in prison for the “driving offences” and to 16 months for the “domestic violence offences”.

“The total sentence is therefore 12 years,” Judge Newbury said.

She also disqualified Hopkins from driving for a period of 10 years - after which point he will have to pass a special driving test.