Leeds car crook Pilotille '˜wiped out' cabbie months after car-jacking Secret Millionaire star

It is five years since Pilotille was locked up after a court heard how his selfish actions destroyed a family.

Tuesday, 21st February 2017, 2:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:23 am
His stolen BMW crashed into Mohammed Yousafs taxi on Argie Avenue in Kirkstall in June 2012. PIC: SWNS

The sentencing judge in 2012 told Pilotille that he was a danger to the public and had one of the worst records for driving offences he had seen in 35 years.

Pilotille, then aged 30, was speeding at nearly three times the 20mph limit when his stolen BMW crashed into Mohammed Yousaf’s taxi on Argie Avenue in Kirkstall on June 23, 2012.

Pilotille and a passenger, Shahid Hussain, ran off after the collision, leaving the father-of-five half slumped out of his car with a fatal head injury.

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Hussain, who described Pilotille as driving like a “maniac”, went to the police after hearing of 49-year-old Mr Yousaf’s death.

Having arrested him for causing death by dangerous driving, detectives then found out Pilotille had committed an offence of aggravated vehicle taking on November 9, 2011.

In that incident he sped off from Hunslet Carr Sports and Social Club in south Leeds, in a car hired by a film crew who were filming The Secret Millionaire.

Internationally-renowned theatre producer David King, who was doling out money to good causes as part of the Channel 4 programme, was sitting in the passenger seat.

He pleaded with Pilotille to stop the car and managed to get out when he screeched to a stop a short distance from the club.

The car was later found abandoned on nearby Hillidge Road, Hunslet.

Referring to Mr Yousaf’s death, judge Marson said: “You drove like a lunatic ... as a result you wiped out a decent man and you ran off in a cowardly attempt to avoid apprehension.”

In a statement read to the court, Mr Yousaf’s widow, Shanaz Hussain, spoke of losing her “soul mate” and her “rock”.

The statement said: “I feel dead myself. I want Yousaf back, I can’t believe he is gone.”

Mr King told the YEP at the time: “I am devastated this dangerous villain who car-jacked me went on to cause the death of a hard-working, innocent man.

“If only he’d been caught sooner, maybe this awful tragedy would never have happened.

“After the car-jacking I said I felt I was the luckiest man alive to have escaped with just a few bumps and bruises.

“Now I know he went on to cause somebody to die, I feel even more fortunate.”