COURT: 'It was Ali Awan's knife ... he was a leader ... he liked to be big'

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ONE of the men accused of the murder of Ross Parker has been described as a "big man" who liked attention.

ONE of the men accused of the murder of Ross Parker has been described as a "big man" who liked attention.ONE of the men accused of the murder of Ross Parker has been described as a "big man" who liked attention.

Ahmed Ali Awan (22), of Gladstone Street, was described by the brother of defendant Shaied Nazir as a leader and said he had admitted owning the knife, which was used to kill Ross on September 21 last year.

And, as reported in The Evening Telegraph yesterday, the prosecution said Awan was also seen by another witness, who saw him after the killing, holding the foot-long hunting knife, and heard him say "look at this cherish the blood".

Further details were revealed during the third day of the trial of the four men accused of murdering Ross (17), of Bozeat Way, Westwood, Peterborough. Ross was punched, kicked and stabbed to death as he walked hand in hand with his girlfriend Nicola Foot on a footpath adjacent to Bourges Boulevard, near Russell Street.

During his second day of giving evidence, Mr Nazir (18), the brother of Shaied Nazir, revealed Awan's status under cross examination by Michael Lawson QC, defence barrister for Shaied Nazir.

Referring to Ali Awan, Mr Lawson said: "There are people that like to lead and people that like to lead in groups, aren't there?" Mr Nazir replied: "Yes, he was a leader."

Mr Lawson went on: "People in groups like to make themselves big around the place." The judge, Sir Edwin Jowitt QC, interrupted and asked: "Did he?" Mr Nazir replied: "Sometimes."

Mr Nazir also told the court that his brother used the shed behind their home for drinking and smoking herbal cannabis, because it would have offended their parents and was against their religion.

On the night of the killing, Mr Nazir said he had seen drink in plastic cups in the shed and herbal cannabis. And he revealed that about two weeks before the killing, 15 to 20 people held a party in the shed at the rear of 122 Cromwell Road before some of them headed off to university.

Mr Lawson said at the party there had been drinking.

And he asked Mr Nazir: "You saw the knife on the floor and asked whose it was? Mr Nazir, replied: "Ahmed Ali Awan, answered my question and he said 'it's mine'.'"

Mr Lawson said: "You know that he's bought knives at a shop in Alexandra Road in Peterborough?"

Mr Nazir replied: "Yes, he told me. And there was a house in Stanground where he had bought knives."

Nazir told brother to look after his unborn child

A MAN accused of murdering Ross Parker asked his brother to look after his family and unborn child if "things went badly", the court heard.

On the third day of the trial at Northampton Crown Court, the jury heard that Shaied Nazir (21), was worried about blood-stained clothing which had been discovered by police in a garage at the rear of his home at 122 Cromwell Road, following the killing on September 21, last year.

As reported in The Evening Telegraph, Shaied Nazir, Ziaraff Mahrad (21), of Cromwell Road, Peterborough, Ahmed Ali Awan (22), of Gladstone Street, and Sarfraz Ali (25), of Harris Street, all deny murder.

Giving evidence, Wyed Nazir (18) said his older brother told him he may have to take over as head of the family. The court heard that at the time, both brothers had been arrested by police on suspicion of murder, the day after the killing.

Defending Nazir, Michael Lawson QC, said: "Fearing things might go badly for them, he gave you certain duties, because he thought you would be taking over as senior person in the family."

Mr Nazir told how his brother begged him to look after his unborn baby.

Mr Lawson said: "He told you to look out for your father and mother, brothers and sisters. To keep them safe.''

Talking of the discussion in the back of the police van following his brother's arrest, Mr Lawson continued: "He said he hadn't killed the man. He said he hadn't been responsible for the murder.''

Mr Nazir replied: "He told me that from day one.''

The court heard earlier, that Nazir had taken over the head role in the family after his father was taken ill and went to Pakistan.

The two brothers had both been married in Kashmir the month before Ross was killed.

It later emerged that Mr Nazir was interviewed more than seven times by police investigating Ross's murder.

Under cross-examination from Nigel Rumfitt QC, defending Awan, Mr Nazir agreed that he was terrified when first arrested by detectives.

Mr Rumfitt said that Mr Nazir had good reason to be scared because his fingerprints were found on the murder weapon, a foot-long hunting knife with crocodile teeth and a serrated edge.

He added that DNA evidence found in one of the balaclavas used by the attackers matched that of Mr Nazir.

It was explained to the jury yesterday that Mr Nazir had handled the knife at the request of his brother, and that Mr Nazir had also tried on one of the balaclavas prior to the attack as part of a prank he played on one of his younger brothers.


Jury told of Taliban chants in police van

Chanting about the Taliban and Osama bin Laden was heard in a police van carrying suspects in the Ross Parker murder inquiry two days after the killing, the jury heard.

Wyed Nazir (18) was being taken from police cells to a court in Peterborough when the shouts were recorded inside a bugged police van.

Mr Nazir now a key prosecution witness had been arrested on suspicion of murder. He was never charged, but his brother Shaied is one of the four men standing trial.

Nigel Rumfitt QC, defending Awan, said the men in the van shouted: "Taliban, Osama bin Laden, Allah-Hu-Akbar (which means God is Great)."

Cross-examining Mr Nazir, Mr Rumfitt said: "Why were you shouting out that man's name?"

Mr Nazir replied: "I did shout out that name, it was to get on the police officers' nerves."

Mr Rumfitt replied: "It is September 23, you thought you would try to get on the police officers' nerves. You are in there as a suspect for the murder of a white youth and you are shouting about the Taliban and Osama bin Laden.

Mr Nazir replied: "I had nothing to worry about, because I was not there at the murder."

Mr Rumfitt, said: "It is not the right attitude is it Mr Nazir? Do you remember later that day you were in a Group 4 van, you are still a suspect for the murder on September 23 and you were shouting stuff about the Taliban again."

Mr Rumfitt said that when the van was moving, Mr Nazir and his friends started kicking the cage in the back of the van.

He said: "Do you remember making pigs noises and barking like dogs? You are still a murder suspect at this point, but you amused yourself by kicking this van to pieces. Before you knew whether you were going to be charged with murder, you were trashing this police vehicle and shouting about Osama bin Laden and the Taliban. That's how seriously you take this young man's murder. And that's why you are willing to come into this witness box and lie your head off."

Mr Nazir replied: "I'm not lying."