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COURTS: Stabbed, beaten, kicked to death

CITY teenager Ross Parker was killed by a gang of men dressed in balaclavas who stabbed him with a large knife, hit him with a hammer, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

CITY teenager Ross Parker was killed by a gang of men dressed in balaclavas who stabbed him with a large knife, hit him with a hammer, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.CITY teenager Ross Parker was killed by a gang of men dressed in balaclavas who stabbed him with a large knife, hit him with a hammer, and then kicked him as he lay on the ground.

Ross (17), of Bozeat Way, Westwood, was killed as he walked along Bourges Boulevard from the Solstice pub where he worked, with his girlfriend Nicola Foot on September 21 last year, Northampton Crown Court heard today.

Shaied Nazir ( 21), Ziaraff Mahrad (21), both of Cromwell Road, Peterborough, Ahmed Ali Awan (22), of Gladstone Street, and Sarfraz Ali (25), of Harris Street, all deny murder.

The court heard Ross had the contents of an aerosol can sprayed in his eyes, and was then punched in the stomach and fell to the ground.

He was then stabbed in the back of his neck with a very large knife that had jagged edges, hit with a hammer, and kicked repeatedly as he lay helpless.

Prosecutor, Stephen Coward QC, said some of the gang were wearing balaclavas.

Mr Coward said: "He (Ross) was stabbed with a very large knife with jagged edges. He died very quickly at the scene from his stab wounds.

"There was a lot of blood at the scene in which footprints were found.

"Nicola Foot will tell you that she heard one of the group shout "better start running" as if it was an invitation for Nicola and Ross to run from scene.

"She looked to see where the voice had come from and it came from the play area near the scene. They continued on their way obviously alarmed holding hands.

He went on: "They were not looking for any trouble, but clearly other people were.

"As they walked along they came to another group of Asians and Nicola heard the sound of an aerosol

"That was spray being directed towards the eyes of Ross Parker. He was then punched in the stomach, let go of her hand, and went to the ground.

"There was a number of people near and around him. Nicola thinks four. They started kicking him and she had to decide what to do for the best. She found a gap in the bushes and ran for help.

Mr Coward said that Nicola ran to a nearby Esso garage to call police, but a passing squad car stopped and a policewoman accompanied her to the scene of the attack.

"It was obvious to all that he was dead. An ambulance was called but when it arrived, there was no sign of life..

Blood on clothing matched Ross's DNA

PROSECUTOR Stephen Coward QC told the court a witness had seen Awan after the killing and that he was carrying a stained knife which he held and then said "look at this, cherish the blood."

The court heard that Awan had gone to 122 Cromwell Road after the killing.

The same witnesses, who had been walking in the area, said he had earlier seen the four defendants kicking Ross Parker.

Mr Coward said Nazir was alleged to have sprayed Ross with the aerosol and that he was later seen hitting Ross with a hammer.

Awan was involved in the attack and was seen to be carrying a large knife.

The prosecutor told the court that another witness saw Shaied and Nazir rinsing a knife in a kitchen sink of 122 Cromwell Road after the attack.

Nazir had told the witnesses he had been to the parkway and beaten someone up.

He asked where the rest the group were and was told they were in the shed at the rear of the house.

Awan and Mahrad were in the shed, and Awan had a small amount of blood on his boots. He said they had been involved a fight. He said he had stabbed Ross.

There was blood on his socks and Mahrad's top. Mahrad told to the witness he had been kicking Ross on the ground.

Mr Coward said police found a bag containing blood-stained clothing, a hammer, which had edges matching the type of injuries Ross sustained, and a knife identical to the one he was stabbed with.

Some of the clothing contained blood which matched Ross's DNA.

Tears in court

AS the last violent moments of her son's life were revealed in court, Davinia Parker, could not hold back the tears.

Mrs Parker looked up at the ceiling, desperately blinking back tears, then lowered her head into her hands and quietly sobbed. Her husband, Tony, held her hand tightly, but tears also shone in his eyes.

Their daughter Leanne (24), who has helped support her parents since her younger brother's death, was by their side.

The family had vowed to be in court to hear all the evidence about their son's death.

 

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