Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Asian's Blood Found on Leeds Star's Jacket'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Asian's Blood Found on Leeds Star's Jacket'

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Byline: IAN KEY

BLOOD from the brother of an Asian student, allegedly beaten up by a gang which included three football players, was found on the designer jacket Leeds United star Lee Bowyer was wearing on the night of the attack, a court heard today.

The chances of it being the blood of anyone other than Shahzad Najeib was a billion to one, said a forensic scientist.

The blood on Bowyer's black Prada jacket almost certainly came from Mr Najeib, 21, after someone broke off from attacking his younger brother to punch him in the face, a jury heard.

Home Office scientist Mark Bates said there was "very strong support" for Bowyer's jacket coming directly into contact with Mr Najeib after he received his injuries, rather than it coming from someone stained with his blood.

The jacket also had blood on it from Neale Caveney, accused of being involved in the attack in January last year, said Mr Bates.

The scientist told the jury at Hull Crown Court, where Bowyer and teammates Jonathan Woodgate and Tony Hackworth are accused of assaulting Shahzad's brother Sarfraz Najeib, that the blood stains on the jacket cuff were "fairly light" contact stains. …

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