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'Concerted plan' led to riot deaths

Three men who were mown down during last summer's riots were murdered in a "concerted plan" involving three cars which "each had a role to perform", a court has heard.

Haroon Jahan, 20, and brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were hit by a black Mazda car during disorder in the Winson Green area of Birmingham in the early hours of August 10, as disorder swept across England.

Prosecutor Tim Spencer QC, told Birmingham Crown Court the deaths were not down to chance but came after a plan was hatched involving the Mazda, a Ford Fiesta and an Audi.

Jurors watched CCTV footage of the fatal impact, which clearly shows the three men being flung into the air after they were hit by the car on Dudley Road. The images show the Audi braking and swerving as it travels along the road, while the other two vehicles hold back.

Moments later an arm is extended from the driver's side of the Mazda car, which then starts to move along the road, with the Fiesta by its side. A crowd gathered on the pavement can be seen walking into the road following the Audi, and later the Fiesta.

Mr Spencer said: "(The Audi) is clearly trying to draw the attention of the crowd and to draw the crowd to it and out of the mouth of the road."

He added: "Because of the actions of the Audi and the Fiesta the attention of the crowd, or many of them, was on those two vehicles. Had they not done what they did those in the crowd, particularly those in the road, would have been more aware of the oncoming third car, the Mazda. That is why we say these three cars were driving together in a concerted plan."

The prosecutor, who described the impact as "the modern-day equivalent of a chariot charge", added: "They were all in it together. Each had a role to perform".

Ryan Goodwin, 21, Shaun Flynn, 26, Juan Ruiz-Gaviria, 31, Joshua Donald, 27, Everton Graham, 30, Adam King, 24, Ian Beckford, 30, and Aaron Parkins, 18, all deny three counts of murder.

Mr Spencer told the court that the Audi was driven by King. Goodwin, Flynn and Ruiz-Gaviria were passengers in the car, he said. The prosecutor said the Fiesta was driven by Donald, with Parkins as a passenger, and the Mazda was driven by Beckford, with Graham seated in the front passenger seat.


From Belfast Telegraph