COURT: 'Big man Awan stabbed Ross to prove his superiority'

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AHMED Ali Awan stabbed Ross Parker to death to show his "superiority" within his gang, a court heard.

AHMED Ali Awan stabbed Ross Parker to death to show his "superiority" within his gang, a court heard.AHMED Ali Awan stabbed Ross Parker to death to show his "superiority" within his gang, a court heard.

Michael Lawson QC, defending co-accused Shaied Nazir (22), said Awan had carried out the killing to prove to the others he was "the big man".

But giving evidence for a second day in the murder trial, Awan (22), of Gladstone Street, told Northampton Crown Court he did not own and had never used the knife which killed Ross.

Ross (17), of Bozeat Way, Westwood, bled to death at about 1.20am on September 21, last year, after being stabbed three times with a large knife.

Awan has told the court he had been out with his co-accused Nazir, of Cromwell Road, Sarfraz Ali (25), of Harris Street, and Ziaraff Mahrad (21), of Cromwell Road, on the night of the attack, but had gone home to bed at about midnight.

All four men deny murder.

In cross-examination yesterday, Mr Lawson asked Awan why he had been heard on covert tape recordings asking Nazir what he had told police about the knife.

Mr Lawson said: "Your concern was that someone was going to tell police what had actually happened, that you used that knife to stab the man."

Awan replied: "No."

Mr Lawson continued: "Because this was something you had done suddenly, leaping out from behind that wall, you decided to show your superiority as the managing director of the gang.

"You suddenly whipped out this knife to show that you were the big man."

Awan replied: "No."

Mr Lawson asked Awan why on another part of the secret tape recordings, Nazir had been heard reassuring him that his fingerprints could not be on the knife because he had washed it.

Awan claimed he had not been worried for himself but for Nazir.

But Mr Lawson said that the knife belonged to Awan and he had collected it from his house on the night of the killing and brought it back "surreptitiously" to Nazir's garage at the rear of 122 Cromwell Road.

He said it was then Awan's decision that they should "go out".

Awan replied: "That is a lie."

Mr Lawson said: "Out you went and you whipped that knife out when you saw someone on the cycleway.

"You were in and out like a flash the big man."

Awan denied the claims saying: "No".

In further cross examination by Icah Peart QC, defending Mahrad, Awan denied telling a prisoner how Ross had been killed.

Awan accepted that on arrival at Bedford Prison on September 26, last year, after being remanded in custody on suspicion of murder, he had seen someone he knew called Darren Boardman.

Mr Peart said the pair had spoken about what prison was like.

Mr Peart said: "He said to you at one stage, that you were in a lot of trouble because inmates might want to get at you for what you had done."

Awan replied: "Yes."

Mr Peart said: "He asked you what happened.

"He said he had heard that Mr Parker had been slit all the way up his wrists, across his neck and down the other side.

"You said he had been stabbed in the throat and it had gone through the front and out the back, and you pointed to where it was."

At this point Davinia Parker, Ross's mother, rushed from the court.

But Awan denied the claim saying Boardman was a heroin addict suffering from "cold turkey".

Mr Peart said: "You were able to explain to Darren Boardman in such detail what had happened to Ross Parker because you murdered him."

Awan replied: "No."

The trial continues.

Ali was 'wound up like a clock-work mouse'

AHMED Ali Awan "wound up" Sarfraz Ali like a "clock-work mouse" to lie to police for him, a court heard.

Awan and Ali (25), of Harris Street, came up with a story that neither of them had been at the killing and they planned to stick to it.

However, Shaied Nazir (22) who had originally agreed to the "story", changed his version and admitted he had been at the scene with Awan (22).

Prosecutor Stephen Coward QC, talking to Awan, said: "Your worry was that Shaied (Nazir) had gone off the script, off the agreed plan, and it had put you in considerable difficulty. And by that stage you and Saff (Ali) had agreed a story that you were each going to tell.

"By the time you were arrested you and Saff had got this little account that you were going to stick to through thick and thin."

Mr Coward said the account was that Ali had been asleep at Nazir's home at the time of the killing while Awan had gone home to bed.

But he said there was a problem with the story because Awan was worried that there would be blood on his Boss sweatshirt which had been recovered by police.

Mr Coward said the pair agreed to say that Awan had gone to Nazir's garage at 122 Cromwell Road on the afternoon after the killing and picked up the sweatshirt because he was cold.

Mr Coward said Awan could then claim blood had got on the top when someone else had brought it back to the garage.

He said: "Loyal old Saff stuck to the plan, interview after interview (with police). He was like some clock-work mouse that you had wound up, Mr Awan."

Awan replied: "No".

Mr Coward said that when Awan was first interviewed by police he said he had been wearing a "reddish, bluish, blackish" jumper on the night.

He said: "I suggest you knew you were wearing your Boss jumper and you knew full well where it was, at home in your bedroom.

"You were scared that blood would be found on it so you and Saff came up with this story."

Awan replied: "No".

Defendant smashed window after girl rejected him, court told

AHMED Ali Awan smashed windows at a girl's home because she rejected his advances, a court heard.

In cross-examination yesterday, Icah Peart QC, defending Ziaraff Mahrad (21), suggested Awan (22) could "get quite passionate about some things".

He said the girl, called Shareen, lived near Awan, in Gladstone Street, Peterborough.

Mr Peart said: "You wanted to go out with her. She rejected you and the cost to her was that you went round there and smashed the windows."

Awan replied: "No, I didn't."

Mr Peart said that on another occasion, Awan had got "physical" with a friend after falling out with him over a girl called Emma.

But Awan denied the claim, saying they had fallen out because the friend had "started doing hard drugs".