Jury Retires At Riots Trial


A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of eight men accused of murdering three friends during the Birmingham riots.

Jurors sitting at Birmingham Crown Court have heard three months of evidence about the deaths of Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, who were struck by a car last August.

The Crown alleges the victims were murdered in the modern-day equivalent of a “chariot charge” involving three cars in Winson Green.

Summing up the case before inviting the jury to retire, Mr Justice Flaux said the deaths had happened at a time of  ”unparalleled” civil disorder on the streets of the city.

On the first day of his three-day summing-up, the judge told jurors: “What happened to those three young men on Dudley Road on that night was a shocking and tragic waste of life.

“However, you must put all emotions and sympathy to one side and you must not let them cloud the judgment you have to make.”

The prosecution alleges that all eight defendants were party to a plan to drive a vehicle at a crowd of people in the early hours of August 10.

It is alleged that a Ford Fiesta and an Audi were used to lure pedestrians into the road, where they were then hit by a Mazda.

All the defendants deny being part of any plan to harm pedestrians.

The jury was sent home until 10am on Thursday after deliberating for around 90 minutes.

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