A driver who killed a two-year-old boy in a horrific hit and run accident in Birmingham has been jailed for eight years.
Toddler Joshua Berrill was trapped under Mohammed Hussain's vehicle and dragged along the road for 400 yards.
Had the driver stopped little Josh might have survived, but the "panic stricken" driver raced on with him trapped under the car killing him, the court heard.
Hussain, 22, of Highfield Road, Saltley, who had previously been convicted of a charge of manslaughter by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, was also banned from driving for eight years.
Mr Justice Coulson said it had been a "hit and run of the worst sort'' and that Hussain had panicked in order to save himself.
He said he accepted that Hussain, who had never taken a driving test, could not have done anything to avoid hitting Joshua and that it was "every driver's worst nightmare''.
But he added: "The medical evidence before the jury was clear. It was not the impact which killed Joshua. It was the fact he was dragged along the road.''
Josh’s mum Nona Robinson did not wish to comment after the case but her sister Mitzie, 18, said: "We now feel we have justice for Josh.
"If he [Hussain] had come forward at the beginning, we wouldn’t have had to go through four years of agony. But we have never seen any remorse from him."
Family friend Sharon Williams, 32, added: "Whatever sentence he was handed would never bring Josh back but we are pleased he got eight years because we feared he could get less."
Josh's aunt Millie Robinson, 17, who suffered a broken leg in the same incident, added: "I’m just overwhelmed that we have got justice because we never thought we would. Now it is all over we can move on and remember Josh in the right way."
The judge said Hussain, who barely knew how to drive, should never have been behind the wheel of the car and the lies he told to police led them to investigate an entirely innocent person.
David Jones, prosecuting, said at the time of the incident on August 25, 2004 Joshua had been with his 13-year-old aunt Millie Robinson and her friend.
They were walking along Burney Lane, Alum Rock, where Joshua had been playing a game, dashing in and out of the road in-between parked cars.
As Miss Robinson tried to catch him she and the child were struck by a Toyota being driven by Hussain.
Miss Robinson was thrown onto the bonnet before rolling off but Joshua was left trapped under the vehicle. Mr Jones said Hussain knew the child was under the car but continued to drive, making two right-hand turns.
Joshua's nappy and clothing were later found shredded and strewn across the road while a post-mortem examination revealed he had remained alive after the impact.
But he was either dead or almost dead by the time he was thrown clear of the vehicle which had travelled 400 yards.
When interviewed by the police Hussain admitted being an eyewitness to the collision but denied being the driver.
David Crigman QC defending, said: "It is a very important mitigating feature that this child was struck by a car in circumstances that were absolutely not the fault of the driver.''
He said the child emerged from parked cars which masked the driver's view until it was too late to avoid a collision.
He said Hussain had a low IQ, was unable to operate independently and had acted out of "panic and weakness'' after the accident rather than callousness.