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Six men on trial for the murder of 19-year-old Kian Tordoff

The alleged stabbing happened in October of last year.

Six men are currently on trial for the murder of a 19-year-old man in October of last year.

The males aged between 17 and 27 are on day seven of their trial at Bradford Crown Court for their alleged involvement in the fatal stabbing of Kian Tordoff on 10 October in John Street, near Oastler Shopping Centre.

The men are also charged with the attempted murder of Matthew Page, who is also known as Mathew Lowther.

The trial which began last Tuesday, heard that Aizaz Khan, 27, Arbaz Khan, 22, both of Yew Tree Avenue in the Daisy Hill area in BD9, Adam Qayum, 23, of Avenel Road, Allerton, Amaad Shakiel, 20, of Leaventhorpe Lane, Mohammed Adil Hussain, 18, of Kite Mews, Lower Grange, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named due to his age, all deny murder and attempted murder.

The 17-year-old has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Tordoff on “diminished responsibility” on account of his mental health at the time and also pleaded guilty to wounding with intent in relation to Mr Lowther.

The court heard how at 5am on 10 October, a large-scale fight exploded at the top of Sackville Street, on Westgate, after closing time at nightclubs The Village and Candy.

The fight was allegedly between Arbaz Khan and a man nicknamed “Chaser” and also involved Mr Shakiel, Mr Qayum and Mr Hussain. As the men involved in the brawl returned to the car they had arrived in, Mr Tordoff and Mr Lowther got involved.

The prosecutor, Mark McKone QC, said that Mr Tordoff started fighting Mr Hussain and kicked the white Seat Leon, and Mr Lowther smashed the windscreen of the car with a bottle and hit somebody with it.

Under half an hour later, a BMW pulled up on John Street next to a group of men and women, and men carrying knives got out and began chasing the pair.

Less than a minute later, Mr Tordoff was fatally stabbed multiple times and Mr Lowther had sustained life-threatening wounds.

On the first day of the trial, the prosecution told the court that the 17-year-old and Arbaz Khan admit to having knives with them, with the teenager also admitting to stabbing both victims.

Yesterday, Police Constable Richard Brook, who was responsible for coordinating the CCTV for the trial, took to the dock for cross-examination. Pathologist Kirsten Hope also took to the witness box to discuss the pair’s injuries and a list of agreed facts were read out.

During the trial, the prosecutor said that at least three men in the BMW were armed with a machete and exceptionally large knives.

He said that two blades were recovered in the course of the police’s investigation, stashed at different addresses, and found on different dates, including in the afternoon of the day Mr Tordoff died and at the home address of Mr Qayum.

In November during a visit from his mum, sister and brother in custody, Mr Qayum revealed that he had asked Mr Arbaz Khan to burn his clothes, which was stated in the trial.

The Seat Leon – which was insured to Arbaz Khan – was found in a communal cark park at 12.30pm the after the day of the stabbings following numerous police reports. It was found with a cracked windscreen and a dint to the rear. The BMW had been abandoned for four days before police seized it.

The trial continues and is expected to go on for another five weeks.

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