Qatari sheikh sued for £200,000 after fatally hitting pensioner

Qatari sheikh, 42, who ran over and killed pedestrian, 66, on Hyde Park Corner while speeding in his purple Rolls-Royce Wraith is being sued by victim’s family for £200,000

  • Qatari sheikh is being sued for over £200,000 after he ran over a pensioner 
  • Sheikh Hassan Nasser Al-Thani fatally hit Charles Roberts with his Rolls-Royce 
  • He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after the incident

A Qatari sheikh is being sued for over £200,000 after he ran over and killed a pensioner whilst speeding in his Rolls-Royce in London.

Sheikh Hassan Nasser Al-Thani hit Charles Roberts, 66, with his purple Rolls-Royce Wraith while driving at more than 52mph in Mayfair on August 22, 2019.

The pensioner died at the scene and the sheikh was later handed an eight-month prison sentence – suspended for two years.

He was also banned from driving in the UK for three years by a judge at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Now the administrator of Mr Roberts’ estate is suing Al-Thani in the High Court on behalf of the dead man’s brother Peter Roberts.

He is demanding the Qatari royal pay him over £200,000 compensation.

Sheikh Hassan Nasser Al-Thani hit Charles Roberts, 66, with his purple Rolls-Royce Wraith while driving at more than 52mph in Mayfair on August 22, 2019 

In documents lodged at the High Court, lawyers representing the administrator of Mr Roberts’ estate, Terence Conybeare, say his vulnerable brother Peter needs to be compensated by the sheikh because Charles looked after him whilst he was alive.

‘Peter Roberts was supported by the deceased and is now supported by his cousins who have Power of Attorney to deal with his financial affairs on his behalf,’ lawyers said.

The administrator is claiming damages under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 ‘on behalf of the dependent of the deceased consequent to his death… as a result of the negligent driving management and/or control of a motor vehicle driven by the defendant,’ the documents state.

The pensioner died at the scene and the sheikh was later handed an eight-month prison sentence – suspended for two years 

The location of the crash involving the Rolls Royce at Hyde Park Corner in central London 

The Old Bailey heard in October 2021 the sheikh was driving in Duke of Wellington Place when he collided with Mr Roberts, a retired Network Rail signaling manager from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, who had been walking near Hyde Park.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks, heard he had been briefly driving at 52 to 54mph in a 30mph zone.

The judge said he was ‘satisfied’ that had Al-Thani been driving ‘in or around’ the speed limit Mr Robert’s death would have been avoided.

But he spared him from jail after hearing his barrister Simon Csoka QC say that Al-Thani suffered from a range ‘serious’ health issues, such as morbid obesity and sleep apnoea and would have been at risk from Covid in prison.

‘I accept, and this is important, that your excessive speed and carelessness occurred only over a matter of a few seconds,’ the judge added, suspending his sentence.

The Old Bailey heard in October 2021 the sheikh was driving in Duke of Wellington Place when he collided with Mr Roberts, a retired Network Rail signaling manager from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, who had been walking near Hyde Park 

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