THE Kian Tordoff murder trial is entering its final stages with all the evidence currently in court and the possibility that the jury will retire later this week to begin considering its verdicts.
Five Bradford men and a 17-year-old are charged with the murder of 19-year-old Mr Tordoff and the attempted murder of 19-year-old Matthew Page, known as Matthew Lowther.
Both were stabbed on John Street in Bradford town center in the early hours of October 10 last year.
Arbaz Khan, 22, of Yew Tree Avenue, Daisy Hill; Aizaz Khan, 27, of Yew Tree Avenue; Amaad Shakiel, 20, of Leaventhorpe Lane; Adam Qayum, 23, of Avenel Road, Allerton; and Mohammed Adil Hussain, 18, of Kite Mews, Lower Grange, all deny murder, attempted murder and intentional injury.
The youngster, who cannot be named because of his age, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr. Tordoff on the grounds of mitigating responsibility and unlawfully injuring Mr. Lowther.
Today lead prosecution lawyer Mark McKone QC said the 17-year-old claimed he was suffering from psychosis at the time. But he seemed to be fine just hours before the murder and he had taken to hiding the evidence afterwards.
He had exaggerated his symptoms of psychosis to avoid a murder conviction, Mr McKone alleged in his closing speech at Bradford Crown Court.
Arbaz Khan said he was entirely innocent but was armed with a machete and joined the plan for revenge, it was said.
Aizaz Khan stopped his BMW at the scene, allowing the victims to be pursued with weapons. He said he was looking for a parking space but he got out of the car and “immediately headed for violence”. Shakiel said he had taken alcohol, cannabis and laughing gas that night and was either intoxicated or “smashed”. Mr McKone said he knew it was “a journey of revenge” in the BMW and that he had aided and abetted the violence. He was “part of the team”. Qayum was “enthusiastically involved” although the prosecution acknowledged he had not stabbed anyone. He said he didn’t see any knives in the BMW but jumped out quickly because he was part of the team, not to stay out of trouble, it was claimed.
Hussain was absent from the dock this afternoon because he was unwell, Bradford clerk Judge Richard Mansell QC told the jury.
Mr McKone will address his alleged role in the case when he resumes his closing speech in the morning.
The trial continues.
. All the evidence are now in front of court so trial for murder Kian Tordoff between in phase final