Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Judge Calls for Calm as Eight Are Cleared over Deaths in Riots

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Judge Calls for Calm as Eight Are Cleared over Deaths in Riots

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Byline: Rashid Razaq

A JUDGE appealed for calm today after eight men were cleared of murdering three friends who were hit by a car during last summer's riots.

Haroon Jahan, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir were said to have been protecting local businesses when they were murdered in the equivalent of a "chariot charge" involving three cars in Winson Green, Birmingham.

But Ryan Goodwin, Shaun Flynn, Juan Ruiz-Gaviria, Joshua Donald, Everton Graham, Adam King, Ian Beckford and Aaron Parkins were cleared of three counts of murder each by a jury at Birmingham crown court today after just over four hours of deliberations.

After the verdicts, judge Mr Justice Flaux urged people to respect the jury's findings. He said: "On any view, this has been a terrible case -- a tragic and pointless loss of three young lives.

"However, by their verdicts the jury have decided that this was not a deliberate killing, that there was no plan to kill these three young men. The jury have decided that this was a terrible accident."

The judge added: "It is important that however strong feelings are within the community in Winson Green and adjacent areas, that calm is maintained and that these verdicts are respected. …

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