IN a quiet voice, the former girlfriend of Ross Parker told a hushed court how they had walked hand-in-hand on a warm, late summer night.
IN a quiet voice, the former girlfriend of Ross Parker told a hushed court how they had walked hand-in-hand on a warm, late summer night. IN a quiet voice, the former girlfriend of Ross Parker told a hushed court how they had walked hand-in-hand on a warm, late summer night.
It was a walk that was to end in horror and terror.
Petite, and with her light-brown hair tied in a ponytail hair, Nicola Foot (20) relived what happened after a fateful decision that she and Ross (17) would walk from the Solstice pub, in Northminster Road, at the end of their working shift on September 21 last year.
They had tried to get a lift with Ross's sister Leanne (24), but her car was packed. They had no luck getting into the pub manager's car either.
So, they set off from the pub on a stroll that took them along a pathway by the side of Bourges Boulevard.
Composed, and in a matter of fact voice, Mrs Foot described what happened as they approached Russell Street.
She noticed a man, standing on the grass in front of them.
There was also another group of Asian youths, and she said the man who had stood in front of them, started walking towards the group which numbered about six.
As they approached this group, she heard someone with an Asian accent say "Better start running" in a loud whisper from her right hand side.
She said she turned to look, and saw a man standing in an area which she believed to be an alleyway.
There were more men behind him, hiding in bushes.
It was at this point that the group of men started walking towards them and blocked the path.
It was then that the attack happened.
She told the jury that one of the group approached Ross and sprayed an aerosol in his face. She said she tried to hold onto Ross's hand, but had to let go as he fell to the ground.
She said: "Ross put his right hand to his eyes and he seemed to be in pain. He stopped, but I carried on walking. The man closest to Ross, punched him in the stomach. And he went to the ground.
"Ross curled up in a tight ball and about four of the group started kicking him.
"He did not fight back."
Mrs Foot, who has since married and is expecting a baby, said she thought about running to a friend's house in Bourges Boulevard to get help.
But she changed her mind and ran to the nearby Esso garage on the other side of the dual carriageway.
She said: "I could not see what was going on, but I could hear sounds of a struggle and Ross was crying out. I heard him cry out two or three times.
"After the last cry, there was no sound at all."
Mrs Foot flagged down a police car, but by the time they got back to Ross he was dead.
Two told police they were there
TWO of the men accused of murdering Ross Parker have admitted they were at the scene of the attack, but two have claimed they were not there at all.
When interviewed by police just after the killing, Nazir made no comment.
But in later interviews he admitted being at the scene, although he claimed he had not taken part in the violence.
Mahrad also admitted he had been at the scene of the killing to police but claimed he had not been involved in the attack.
He told officers that blood discovered on his jumper and trousers was there because he had fallen across Ross during the fracas.
Mahrad said he would not reveal the names of anyone else at the scene because he was "too scared".
Ali told police he had been to the Liquid nightclub, in New Road, Peterborough, on the night of the attack and had gone back to the shed at Cromwell Road, but had fallen asleep in a chair and not woken until 3am.
Awan told police he had also been to Liquid nightclub on the night, but had gone home and not heard anything about the murder until the following morning.