Brothers jailed for seafront hit-and-run crash that left young footballer dead

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Two brothers have been jailed following a hit and run car crash on seafront in Brighton that killed a promising young footballer and injured his two friends.

Iftekhar Khondaker, 34, and 27-year-old Irfan Khondaker, both from Mitcham, south west London, were sentenced today after being convicted at Hove Crown Court last month.

Iftekhar was found guilty of the murder of Suel Delgado and two counts of attempted murder and today was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 26 years.

His younger sibling was convicted of a charge of assisting an offender and jailed for three years.

They were both sentenced in absentia after not appearing in court.

Sentencing them, Judge Christine Laing QC said: “Suel Delgado was just 20 years old at the time of this death.

“He had his whole life ahead of him to fulfil his potential and continue to make his family proud of him, but that was taken from him.”

During the hearing Mr Delgado’s mum Sanches Graciete Montero delivered an emotional statement.

She told up and said: “My son was by best friend, my right hand.

“Suel had so much to live and we had so much to live together.

“My life is destroyed forever.”

The court previously heard the BMW X6 Iftekhar was driving ploughed into Mr Delgado and his two friends on Marine Parade in the seaside resort on December 1, 2019.

Iftekhar then drove off at speed leaving Mr Delgado and his friends “strewn in the road’ while those who escaped the crash reacted in horror.

Mr Delgado, 20, from Crawley, East Sussex, died and his two friends were left with severe life-changing injuries.

Mr Delgado had been a promising young footballer for Loxwood FC, who play in the Southern Combination Premier Division., and had previously played for Alfold, Three Bridges and Broadbridge Heath.

Prosecutor Kate Lumsdon QC said Mr Delgado and his friends had been “drinking, dancing and generally having a good time” at Shooshh nightclub on the beach earlier that night.

At some point their group came into contact with the Khondaker brothers and their friend, none of whom they knew and a fight broke out.

The court heard the brawl woke guests asleep in seafront hotel rooms who looked out their windows to see what was going on.

The fight continued along the road overlooking the beach for some time before the groups eventually parted.

The Khondaker brothers headed towards the BMW X6 which belonged to their dad and Iftekhar got into the driver’s seat while his sibling got into the passenger seat.

Ms Lumsdon continued: “The BMW pulled out from its parking space on Marine Parade, it pulled into the wrong side of the road and accelerated.

“It struck three men from that large group as they were still crossing the road, hitting them from behind.”

“Witnesses described seeing them “flying up into the air” and landing strewn across the road.”

“The BMW did not stop, it drove at speed along the seafront,” the prosecutor added.

The court heard the brothers got into an Uber that Irfan had called back to their home in Mitcham.

Mr Delgado died the following day from his injuries.

Both brothers admitted they were in the car but claimed they were scared following the earlier fight and hadn’t seen Mr Delgado or his friends as they crossed the road.