Two Appear In Court Over Birmingham Murders
A man and a teenage boy have appeared in court charged with the murders of three men during rioting in Birmingham.
Haroon Jahan, 21, died alongside brothers Shazad Ali, 30, and Adbul Musavir, 31, while trying to protect shops from looters in the early hours of Wednesday.
They were all struck down by a car on Dudley Road in the Winson Green area of Birmingham.
West Midlands Police launched a manhunt for those responsible – and the victims’ families and friends also appealed for the public’s help.
Police said Joshua Donald, 26, from Ladywood, and a 17-year-old Winson Green boy who cannot be named, have each been charged with three counts of murder.
They are both appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court and have been remanded in custody.
Two other men, aged 23 and 27, who were arrested on Friday night on suspicion of being involved in the incident remain in police custody.
A 16-year-old boy and a 32-year-old man were also questioned by detectives over the deaths and have been bailed pending further enquiries.
Meanwhile, a rally in memory of the three killed men is being held in Winson Green this afternoon.
West Midlands Police said they were confident it would remain peaceful.
Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe said anyone planning to come to the rally who may be looking to cause trouble should learn from the violent scenes witnessed throughout the country this week and Birmingham’s response to its own tragedy.
At a media conference on Saturday, police called for more witnesses to come forward, while Mr Jahan’s father Tariq said he had been “humbled” by the support he had received from the public.
“I would like to thank the community, especially the young people, for listening to what I have to say and staying calm,” he said.
“Thank you very much to the young generation.”
The brothers’ uncle, Abdullah Khan, 58, also spoke and told reporters his nephews were “hard-working young men” who gave their lives trying to protect their community.
He added: “We have lost two sons, which has left their family in complete shock and devastation.
“What we want is justice for our family.”