Nick de la Poer was instructed by Rob Rode of ABR Solicitors to represent Nadeem Khan, a man who was accused of conspiring to do an act tending and intended to pervert the course of homicide investigation.
The trial of four men arising out of the death of Amriz Iqbal in late last year began several weeks ago in Bradford Crown Court. Two men appeared accused of murdering Mr Iqbal by deliberately running him over as he crossed a residential street. Two further men, including the defendant Nick was instructed to represent, were accused of being involved in a cover up of the killing.
After several weeks of evidence, at the conclusion of the prosecution case, Nick made a successful submission that there was no evidence of an essential ingredient of the offence alleged against his client. Nick was able to advance the argument following his cross-examination of the Officer in the Case and concessions he obtained as a result.
The judge found Nick’s argument to be “compelling”. As a result he directed the jury to acquit Nadeem Khan.
Those representing the two defendants accused of murder, with whom Nadeem Khan was alleged to have conspired, adopted the argument advanced by Nick, resulting in the jury being directed by the judge to acquit them of that charge also.
The trial of the murder allegation and other aspects of the alleged cover-up continues.
A report of the ruling can be found here:
Reports of the incident which led to Mr Iqbal’s death can be found here: