COURT: Mum's tears as jury hears how Ross was found lying in a pool of blood

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ROSS Parker's mother Davinia wept as the court heard details about her son's violent and bloody death.

ROSS Parker's mother Davinia wept as the court heard details about her son's violent and bloody death.ROSS Parker's mother Davinia wept as the court heard details about her son's violent and bloody death.

Giving evidence at the murder trial, experienced forensic scientist John Page said he arrived at the scene of the killing in the early hours of Friday, September 21, last year, to find the teenager lying face up in a "pool of blood".

Mr Page said there was "extensive blood staining" on the ground around the body, including some "large drops of blood".

He said the drops of blood were evidence that Ross had probably started bleeding heavily from his wounds before falling to the ground.

As Mr Page spoke, Mrs Parker (46), who has sat through every day of the trial so far, began crying and had to be comforted by her husband Tony (51) and daughter Leanne (23).

Mr Page said: "When I arrived at the scene, the body of the deceased was lying face up in a pool of blood, and there was extensive blood staining on the ground around his body."

Mr Page told the court that from an examination of blood at the scene he concluded that Ross had "not suffered a sustained assault while lying on the ground".

The jury has already heard that Ross (17), of Bozeat Way, Westwood, Peterborough, was beaten with a hammer, kicked and stabbed with a large knife by a gang of men.

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

Mr Page said he found bloody footprints at the scene of the attack on a cyclepath adjacent to Bourges Boulevard, near Russell Street.

The court heard that he had examined a metal hammer, which the prosecution claims was used to beat Ross.

Police discovered the hammer, along with two bags of bloodied clothes and a knife with a 12-inch blade, after searching a shed at Nazir's home at 122 Cromwell Road.

Mrs Parker broke down again as Mr Page showed the hammer to the jury. He said that a DNA profile taken from blood staining found on the handle of the hammer matched Ross.

The court heard DNA tests had also proved that blood found on several items of clothing found in carrier bags at the garage at Nazir's home had also been Ross's.

Mr Page showed the court a pair of beige-coloured trousers with visible blood staining on the front. The court had heard previously that a DNA profile found on the trousers had matched Nazir's.

The court was also shown a pair of black Petroleum boots, which have been linked by DNA testing to Nazir and his younger brother Wyed.

Mr Page said that Ross's blood had been discovered on both boots. He said that blood spots discovered on the boots suggested that no attempt had been made to wash them.

The court heard that three black woollen balaclavas had been discovered in a carrier bag behind a mattress in Nazir's garage.

They were also examined by Mr Page and Ross's blood was found on two of them.

A piece of chewing gum was also recovered at the scene of Ross's death, the jury heard.

Mr Page said the Ross had been chewing the gum at the moment he was attacked but it had come out of his mouth during the assault.

Contact stains found on trousers

A PAIR of trousers linked to Ziaraff Mahrad by DNA testing were covered in Ross Parker's blood, a court heard.

The Yves Saint Laurent trousers, which were shown to the jury yesterday, were found in a carrier bag after a search of a shed at Shaied Nazir's home at 122 Cromwell Road.

The court has heard previously that DNA taken from the dark blue trousers was matched with DNA from Mahrad (21).

Forensic scientist John Page told Northampton Crown Court he found "contact stains" on the front of the trousers, which suggested they had come into contact with blood.

There were also "blood spots" on the front and back of the trousers, suggesting blood had splashed onto them, the court heard.

The court has heard that in a police interview, Mahrad said he accidentally fell on Ross while trying to stop the attack on him.

But Mr Page said: "This distribution of blood would be very unlikely to be caused by tripping over Mr Parker. If someone tripped over a body, I would expect to find contact staining on the shoes, the lower part of the trousers and perhaps a few splashes, but not to cover the area which these stains do."

Mr Page showed the court that the stains on the trousers stretched all the way from the pockets to the bottoms of the legs.

The court was also shown a white Umbro sock and a blue Nike sock, which were both heavily stained with what Mr Page said was Ross's blood.

The prosecution has claimed Mahrad was wearing the socks on the night of the killing, but the court heard that DNA tests on them found no definite links with him.

The socks were found in a carrier bag in the shed at 122 Cromwell Road.

Prosecuting, Stephen Coward QC, asked Mr Page how the blood found on the socks could have got there.

He replied: "The most logical explanation is that the wearer has stood in wet blood without shoes on. I can't think how this much blood could have gone through a shoe."

Nazir (22), Mahrad, of Cromwell Road, Ahmed Ali Awan (22), of Gladstone Street, and Sarfraz Ali (25), of Harris Street, Peterborough, all deny murdering Ross.

The trial continues.