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Science, People & Politics ISSN 1751-598X

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When addressing the jury the judge outlined limitations of some of the types of evidence called
on by the prosecution to support its case. She emphasized it was the jury's duty to decide the
significance of the evidence, drew their attention to pitfalls such as confirmation bias, and she
provided logical routes to reaching the 17 possible verdicts they had to consider.

Before the jury returned their verdicts the judge warned all in the Court that the jury must be
heard in silence.

After a faltering start to the trial the jury in the case began hearing evidence on 17th November,
2016. They retired to consider verdicts last Wednesday morning. All the verdicts were
unanimous.

Though I asked no questions other than how to spell the names of their father and uncle I had
some conversation with Sajid Hussain and Amir Ali during the three plus days the jury was
deliberating. I said how difficult it must be to stand where they were standing, and Sajid Hussain
said, "Especially when you are innocent." His brother, Amir Ali, asked me what I thought, and I
replied it was sad. He said, "Yes, it is very sad." HG

SENTENCING

"Nothing I do will propitiate the grief of this family," said Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb QC, before
sentencing two brothers for the murder of their cousin, Mr Sarfraz Khan (35), of Cecil Avenue,
Bradford in West Yorkshire on 14th April last year."

Her ladyship handed down terms for Mr Mohammed Ali Nasar (33) and his brother Mr Tariq
Mahmood (26), also of Cecil Avenue, for a totality of, respectively, 30 years and 71 days and 27
years and 71 days. These are the minimum period each must serve before either man can be
considered for release. They encompass mandatory life sentences. The terms are for all offences
of which each was found guilty. Mohammed Nasar was convicted also of the grievous bodily
harm of three of his cousins - Idris, Aftab and Asad Khan. Mr Tariq Mahmood was convicted, in
addition to murder of Mr Sarfraz Khan, of GBH of Aftab and Asad Khan.

Totality is a legal concept, explained by the judge in the context of sentencing council guidelines,
legal rulings and her findings of the meaning of the jury's verdict. Defence counsel had each pre-
viously presented their interpretations of the law in defence of their clients and in response to
documents the prosecution had already circulated to them.

Totality is a legal concept, explained by the judge in the context of sentencing council guidelines,
legal rulings and her findings of the meaning of the jury's verdict. Defence counsel had each pre-
viously presented their interpretations of the law in defence of their clients and in response to
documents the prosecution had already circulated to them.

Two other brothers - Amjid Ali (39) and Amir Ali (20), who also lived close to the murdered man,
and who are brothers of Mohammed Nasar and Tariq Mahmood - were sentenced for the
manslaughter of Sarfraz Khan and for wounding their cousins Aftab and Asad Khan. The com-
bined sentences Mr Amjid Ali received adds up to a total of 22 and a half years, but he will serve
a slighter lesser amount of that time in prison, and be eligible to apply for release within half of
the sentence time in custody. Amir Ali's total sentence adds up to 17 years, again with a slightly
lesser time as the period in custody, and again he will be eligible to apply for release after half of
the time served inside prison.

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