Two men charged with manslaughter of Telford cab driver, 52

By Dayna Farrington | Madeley | Crime | Published: | Last Updated:

Two men have been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a cab driver in Telford.

Ishfaq Hussain, 52, died when his car, a red Skoda Octavia, hit a tree in Ironbridge Road, Madeley, on August 7, 2017.

Brandon Dowen, 19, from Telford, and John Cox, 32, from Wolverhampton, were arrested on suspicion of murder on August 8, and were released under investigation.

They were charged with manslaughter yesterday, and have been bailed to appear before Telford Magistrates Court on February 26.

Two women, aged 38 and 18, who were also arrested on August 8, have been released, with no further action being taken against them, the Crown Prosecution Service said last night.

Ironbridge Road was closed

Mr Hussain suffered a cardiac arrest and was given CPR at the scene of the crash on Ironbridge Road at 10.30pm, but could not be saved.

Tributes to the GoCarz driver flooded social media after his name was released by Shropshire Coroner John Ellery.

Described as a “lovely man”, those that knew him called his death a “real loss to the community”.


Paying tribute on social media, Kyle Pugh said: “He was a great guy.

“I had the shop in Regent Street for a while and he was always polite and happy.

“It is such a huge loss to the community down there, he was so respected.”

Emma-Janne Owen said: “Such a lovely man, my heart and thoughts go out to all his family and friends.”


Floral tributes were left at the site of the crash in Ironbridge Road in the days following Mr Hussain’s death.

Police closed off several roads in the Madeley area the day after the crash.

Areas near the Tesco store on Park Avenue in Madeley were also shut off the following day.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Ketley, Telford.

Reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.

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