Two remanded on riot murder charges
Published 13/08/2011 | 12:02
A 26-year-old man and a teenager have been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with the murders of three men who were struck by a car during last week's riots.
Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, suffered fatal injuries when they were hit by the car in the early hours of Wednesday while trying to protect shops in Winson Green, Birmingham, from looters. They were all pronounced dead in hospital.
During a brief hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Joshua Donald, 26, from Kelsall Croft, Ladywood, appeared charged with three counts of murder.
Donald and a 17-year-old male from Winson Green, who cannot be named because of his age, were arrested on Thursday and were charged late last night after police were granted extra time by Solihull Magistrates' Court to question them.
District Judge Michael Wheeler told the defendant his case could not be dealt with at magistrates' court and he was to be remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.
In a separate hearing shortly afterwards, the 17-year-old defendant was brought into court. Wearing a dark grey sweatshirt and grey trousers, the same three murder charges were put to him as were put to Donald.
Asked by the court clerk if he understood the charges, the youth did not respond and was asked the same question again, to which he simply nodded his head. He was also told his case could not be dealt with in the magistrates court and he was remanded in custody to appear at the crown court on Monday.
A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police confirmed that a 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion on murder had been bailed pending further inquiries, and a 32-year-old man who was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder was also bailed.
Two further men, aged 23 and 27, who were arrested late on Saturday night, remain in police custody.
West Midlands Police said they have recovered a third vehicle which they believe was involved in the crash. An black Audi A3 is undergoing forensic tests, a spokeswoman said.