COURT: Gang's vow not to hurt women

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THE four men who attacked Ross Parker had a bizarre code of honour in which they vowed to never hurt a woman.

THE four men who attacked Ross Parker had a bizarre code of honour in which they vowed to never hurt a woman.THE four men who attacked Ross Parker had a bizarre code of honour in which they vowed to never hurt a woman.

And so when they saw the teenager walking with his girlfriend Nicola Foot they whispered to her to "run away".

And then, with Ross alone, he was attacked and stabbed while he was still standing up, a court heard.

In summing up the prosecution case, Stephen Coward QC told the jury: "All four discussed a mission to seriously injure or kill a man.

"Nazir has told this court his code of honour was never to attack a woman, but coming along the path was Ross Parker and his girlfriend Nicola.

"This was a problem for them and that is when the words "Better start running" came into play.

"They were trying to separate them."

Mr Coward said that once the pair had been separated, the rest of the defendants descended on Ross, and he was stabbed while standing up.

Mr Coward went on: "We know the extent of the wounds and the weapon used, it was the knife recovered from the shed.

"We know that blood must have been flying, that Nazir's beige trousers had blood on them and that Ross Parker was alive for a considerable period of time during the attack.

"Next, the group returned to the shed and the knife is washed thoroughly by Nazir, but the scientists were too good for him, and traces of Ross Parker's blood were found in holes in the blade."

Mr Coward added that some of the clothing worn by the defendants was put in a bag to be destroyed later, but that the police response was so quick, the defendants did not have a chance to get rid of it.

Mr Coward then said that the defendants had originally said they had walked to Liquid nightclub on the evening of the attack, September 20, because they did not want Wyed, Shaied Nazir's brother, to become involved in the police investigation.

He said: "It is now agreed by all that Wyed dropped them off, why did they not say this at the start?

"I would say it is because they feared if he was put under pressure by police and cracked then what he could tell them could sink the defendants."

Mr Coward also told the court that Sarfraz Ali had not been truthful when he said the shoes given to the police were the ones he was wearing on the night.

He said: "Sarfraz is regarded as a snappy dresser, yet, according to him, he was wearing boots with a steel toe cap. Unless this was a night out for construction workers, he would not be seen dead in those boots.

"An attempt has been made to bamboozle you into thinking he was wearing those boots, but he was not."

Michael Lawson QC, defending Shaied Nazir, said that Awan was the one who fatally stabbed Ross Parker.

He told Northampton Crown Court that Nazir did not realise Ross had been fatally wounded when he began kicking him.

Mr Lawson said: "Adeel Rehman (a key prosecution witness who been at the scene) had already told the court that Ahmed Ali Awan had done what he had done before the others got there.

"Shaied Nazir admits kicking Ross, but when you hear those involved say there was no plan to kill someone, it becomes easier to believe that perhaps he did not realise Ross was fatally wounded."

Defendants have 'dark sides' to their characters

THE four defendants accused of murdering Ross Parker have "dark sides" to their characters, a court heard.

Summing up the prosecution case, Stephen Coward QC, prosecuting, said that they were relatively normal people, but that they showed a different side of their characters during the killing.

He said: "It is quite clear that each one of these defendants has a good side and they are all hard working lads.

"But what you have seen is the dark side to their characters and, when you look at the evidence, it is compelling that these four are facing this charge.

"They left the garage tooled up and ready to attack someone in the wrong place at the wrong time.

"We, the prosecution, say that when you look at the evidence against all four, all the necessary ingredients for a guilty verdict are there."

Mr Coward also suggested the reason for Ross Parker's death may never be known.

He said: "This is a grim tale and you may be tempted to ask why Ross Parker was killed.

"Perhaps this is fruitless, however, because one thing you can be confident of, whatever the verdict, is that these defendants will not tell you what was going through their heads at the time."

Jury urged to be cautious

THE death of Ross Parker was the result of a build up of aggression in the city, a court heard.

Michael Lawson QC, defending Shaied Nazir, told Northampton Crown Court that weapons were often carried around in the city centre.

He said: "With this incident, we have come across a level of suppressed aggression in an area of Peterborough.

"It seems to result in people having baseball bats and carrying weapons such as knives around with them, and a shop like Second Front doing a thriving trade."

As reported in The Evening Telegraph, the huge knife used to stab Ross Parker was bought from the Second Front army surplus shop, in Alexandra Road, Peterborough.

Mr Lawson also urged the jury to be cautious when considering their verdict.

He said: "The killing of Ross Parker was such an outrageous event, anybody who heard about it would want anyone with some connection with it convicted of something.

"We have also heard language so foul we are immediately disapproving of people in that culture, the young of Peterborough, talking in that way.

"But you must try the defendants only on the evidence and with dispassion and objectivity."

Mr Lawson added that many witnesses had lied during the trial.

He said: "We have also heard so much lying, we do not know when we are hearing the truth."