The husband of a mum-of-three who was carjacked at knifepoint by a robber who led police on a near fatal motorway chase has spoken of their ordeal.
Takeaway worker Mohammed Hoque, 42, said he was relieved at the six and a half year sentence given to robber Frankie Hawkins, 23, at Preston Crown Court on Friday.
His wife of 19 years Modina Akhtar, 37, was threatened by Hawkins as she visited a relative on Selborne Street, Avenham on a Friday evening in June.
Hawkins, who had taken cocaine and valium, stole her E Class Mercedes and was later involved in an “extraordinarily dangerous” police chase on the M6, weaving between traffic, undertaking a lorry at 107mph on the hard shoulder, before careering into the central reservation and almost ploughing into motorcyclists.
Mr Hoque, who lives in Fulwood with his wife and their three children aged 18, 14 and six, said: “It was terrifying for her.
“She had just parked the car and got out when he pulled in front of her on a bike. He pulled out a knife and she handed over the keys straight away.
“Afterwards she did not want to go out anywhere and when she did I had to escort her because she was scared. We are very pleased at his prison sentence.”
Hawkins, of Hawthorn Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to offences of robbery and dangerous driving and was given six and a half years jail by Judge Robert Altham, who branded it an “extraordinarily bad piece of driving”.
Shocking video footage of the police chase, with one vehicle reaching 142 miles an hour at one stage, was played in court.
Hawkins was spotted at junction 31 of the M6 and followed by police.
During his journey he rang his mother, threatening to kill himself. He was forced to stop when a tyre burst, and slashed his arm with the large carving knife.
His barrister said he bought the knife to kill himself. He didn’t know what he would do with the car, but became motivated to crash and kill himself.
Det Sgt Mark Riley, who led the investigation for Preston Police, called it a “despicable offence”.