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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Riot Deaths: Eight Men Cleared Of Murder.....judge Mr Justice Flaux appealed for calm on the streets of Birmingham

Eight men have been cleared of murdering three friends who were mowed down by a car during last summer's riots.

The Crown had alleged that Haroon Jahan, 21, Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were protecting local businesses when they were murdered in the modern-day equivalent of a "chariot charge" involving three cars in Winson Green, Birmingham.

But 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, were found not guilty of three counts of murder each by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court.

They hugged and shook hands with each other as the verdicts were returned.

The nine women and three men of the jury retired on Wednesday and had been deliberating for just over four hours.

After the verdicts, trial judge Mr Justice Flaux appealed for calm on the streets of Birmingham and urged the community to respect the jury's findings.

"On any view this has been a terrible case - a tragic and pointless loss of three young lives," he said.

"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." Read More