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COURTS: Parents question bail in murder case

ALL four defendants charged with the murder of city teenager Ross Parker have now been released from prison on bail, leaving his grieving family questioning the decision.

ALL four defendants charged with the murder of city teenager Ross Parker have now been released from prison on bail, leaving his grieving family questioning the decision.ALL four defendants charged with the murder of city teenager Ross Parker have now been released from prison on bail, leaving his grieving family questioning the decision.

As reported in The Evening Telegraph, Sarfraz Ali (24), of Harris Street, and Ahmed Ali Awan (21), of Gladstone Street, both in Peterborough, were granted bail by High Court judges in March.

But it has now emerged that Shaied Nazier (20) and Ziaraff Mahrad (20), both of Cromwell Road, in the city, have also been released on bail, to await trail at Northampton Crown Court in November.

It's a move which has driven Ross's parents, Tony and Davina and his sister Leanne, to write a letter of complaint to Home Secretary David Blunkett.

Today, his 22-year-old sister questioned the decision to release those accused of murdering her younger brother.

She said: "We can't begin to comprehend why they've been allowed out of prison at this stage.

"We couldn't believe it when we were told and felt compelled to write to the Home Office."

The first two suspects released on bail were ordered to live at least 50 miles from Peterborough and had to provide a "substantial" bail surety.

However, the details surrounding the bail conditions of the other two suspects was today unknown after the case was heard behind closed doors at London's High Court, although they are understood to be similar.

All four accused vigorously deny the charge.

Ross (17), of Bozeat Way, Westwood, Peterborough, suffered a fatal stab wound as he walked to a friend's house along a cyclepath close to Bourges Boulevard, after finishing work at the city's Solstice pub in the early hours of September 21 last year.

A Home Office spokeswoman today refused to comment on the case, but said: "The decision to release people on bail is entirely up to a judge, and it's not for the Home Secretary to intervene."

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