A MAN accused of causing death by dangerous driving told a jury he did not race an Audi A5 against A VW Golf on Stanningley Road in Leeds.
Kaiz Mahmood, 28, of Hinchliffe Street, Bradford, is standing trial charged with causing 25-year-old James Gilbey’s death by dangerous driving just before midnight on Monday July 13 2015.
The jury has heard Mr Gilbey suffered multiple fatal injuries when he was struck by a blue VW Golf being driven at speeds of up to 79mph in a 40mph zone by Mahmood’s friend Majid Malik.
The prosecution has said Mahmood was driving a white Audi A5 at 67mph and just one second behind the Golf when it struck Mr Gilbey.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said that two spots of James Gilbey’s blood were found on the front of the Audi that Mahmood had been driving.
Mahmood’s lawyer Elyas Patel asked Mahmood: “It’s said against you that you and your Audi were racing against the Golf. Were you?”
Mahmood replied: “No sir.”
Mr Patel asked: “It’s said against you that you were driving side by side with the Golf. Were you?”
Mahmood replied: “No, not true.”
Mahmood told the court he did not see Mr Gilbey at all and said he only found out Majid Malik has been driving the Golf the next day.
Prosecutor Mr Sharp asked Mahmood: “As I understand it all of this is a terrible coincidence.”
Mahmood: “Yes sir.”
Mr Sharp asked him: “So it’s a coincidence that a friend of yours of a similar age and you are both driving at high speed up Stanningley Road?”
Mahmood replied: “Yes sir.”
Mahmood denies causing death by dangerous driving and dangerous driving.