Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Riot victim's father denies charge

Tariq Jahan is accused of causing GBH during an alleged road rage incident
Tariq Jahan is accused of causing GBH during an alleged road rage incident

A bereaved father who called for calm at the height of last summer's riots has denied causing grievous bodily harm during an alleged road rage incident.

Tariq Jahan, 46, made an emotional appeal for peace just hours after the death of his 21-year-old son in Birmingham in August.

During a brief hearing at the city's crown court he pleaded not guilty to one count of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and an alternative charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The charges relate to an alleged incident in Handsworth, Birmingham on July 6 last year.

Haroon Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were struck by a car in the early hours of August 10 during disorder in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.

They were pronounced dead in hospital and hailed as heroes who died protecting homes and shops from looters.

Jahan later made a heartfelt plea to crowds of youths gathered outside his home to end the disorder and "go home".

His personal call for calm was credited with helping to bring an end to the riots.

He subsequently received a Pride of Britain special recognition award for his compassion and dignity in the aftermath of his son's death.

Jahan, of Winson Street, Winson Green, was bailed to appear at Birmingham Crown Court for trial on April 2. The trial is expected to last three days.

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