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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598X

FROM BRITISH COURTS | 28

The next two reports, published on the same day as, respectively, the verdict and sentencing
concern the same significant events giving rise to these two news stories.

TRAGEDY

Helen Gavaghan. Bradford, UK. 30th January, 2017: Of five brothers standing trial for murder at
Bradford Crown Court in the UK two were this afternoon found guilty. The murdered man was
their cousin, Mr Sarfraz Khan (35), who died shortly before midnight on 14th April, 2016 after
being stabbed in the heart. Those found guilty of his murder are Mohammed Ali Nasar (33) and
his younger brother, Tariq Mahmood (26), both of 20 Cecil Avenue in Bradford, West Yorkshire,
UK. The Court heard that the murder weapon was not found.

M. Ali Nasar was additionally found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm
three of his other cousins, namely Mohammed Idris Khan, Aftab Khan and Mohammed Asad
Khan. Tariq Mahmood was found quilty of GBH of Aftab Khan and Mohammed Asad Khan. Only
M. Nasar Ali had faced charges of wounding Mohammed Idris Khan.

Tariq Mahmood told the jury he had stabbed Aftab Khan in defence of his sister, Zayneb.

Both men had entered not guilty pleas to all charges, and maintained their plea under cross examination on the stand earlier this month.

Of the remaining three brothers standing trial for murder and other charges the jury found Sajid
Hussain (33) not guilty of all counts on the indictment. Two brothers, Amir Ali (20) and Amjid Ali
(39), were found guilty of manslaughter of Sarfraz Khan, but not guilty of murder. The jury
returned not guilty verdicts of Amjid Ali and Amir Ali committing GBH against their cousins Aftab
and Mohammed Asad Khan, but concluded they had wounded under a section of Statute of
lesser seriousness.

The prosecution had argued common intent by all five brothers in all cases other than the
wounding of Mohammed Idris Khan, of which only M Ali Nasar was accused. Such common
intent can be formed in a moment, the judge told the jury.

Sentencing will be on Friday, and arguments may include issues relating to secondary
involvement.

The Honourable Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb QC discharged Mr Sajid Hussain, telling him he
might leave the dock. She then remanded his brothers into custody.

The prosecution succeeded in obtaining its guilty verdicts despite a significant amount of
evidence, such as the blood-stained T-shirt of M Ali Nasar, not having been tested.

In reaching their verdict the jury had access to witness statements presented in Court, to
witnesses cross examined in Court, extensive CCTV footage, and schedules of telephone calls.
Each defendant had a QC and junior as advocates. Mr Alistair MacDonald QC and Mr Nicholas
De La Poer prosecuted on behalf of the Crown.

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