Moments before the crash at the Ynyswen Industrial Estate, Treorchy, his back seat passenger, Daniel Thorne, clipped on his seatbelt after pleading with DeMaid to slow down.
CCTV footage played at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court showed DeMaid's Ford Focus crashing into a stationary Range Rover, which in turn was pushed into a nearby building.
Mike Hammett, defending DeMaid, said there were no concerns about his driving apart from the speed.
Mr Hammett said it would be "cruel" to send DeMaid, whose father was buried the day before sentence, into immediate custody.
Stretchers were brought on to the field and swift medical advice was given before deMaid
was carried off the ground with both a dislocated knee and a broken knee cap.
Despite losing some major clients in recent years, including Panasonic in Cardiff, Mr Demaid says he is confident of the future success of the business.
Mr Demaid said, "A lot of work has been going abroad lately but you have to keep battling on.
Mr Demaid's proactive approach is paying off and he remains optimistic.
BERNARD DeMaid is in the unique position of having represented two people charged with committing the same murder - many years apart.
Mr DeMaid says the original arrests, trial and subsequent convictions deeply affected all of those originally accused.
Mr DeMaid, who was one of the most vociferous voices in calling for a new investigation into the murder, also praised South Wales Police for having the courage to do so.
Responding to the statement, John Charles Rees QC, who represented Gafoor and also acted for John Actie in 1990, and Yusef Abdullahi's solicitor Bernard DeMaid
, said: ``What remains thoroughly unsatisfactory is the attitude of the South Wales police to the 1988 investigation.