MUR­DER TRIAL OPENS AT OLD BAI­LEY

Wit­ness: I know the street lan­guage mean­ing of ‘I’ll jook you’

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A GROUP of teenagers was chucked out of a Hayes pub less than an hour be­fore handy­man Paul Thrower was killed, a jury has heard.

The first wit­ness was called on Mon­day, in the Old Bai­ley trial of four young men ac­cused of mur­der­ing 46-year-old Mr Thrower at a block of flats in St Dun­stans Close, Hayes on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 20, this year.

Kiro Hal­libur­ton and Zakariya Subeir, both 18, along with two 17-yearolds who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, had been marched out of The Great Western pub in Hayes, just after 8.30pm that evening, the court heard.

The jury was then shown CCTV images from out­side the pub in Daw­ley Road, which showed them en­ter­ing the pub and a short while later leav­ing again, with land­lord Viki Singh Sapra, Mr Sapra’s brother and two other cus­tomers.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence, Viki Singh Sapra told jurors he had been work­ing be­hind the bar that night and his at­ten­tion was drawn to three or four young men who had en­tered the pub and sat at a ta­ble in a DJ area.

“I no­ticed them be­cause they were in hood­ies and they weren’t buy­ing any drinks. I went over to ask them what they were do­ing and they said they were wait­ing for some­one,” Mr Sapra said.

He said: ‘I no­ticed they looked very young and that’s when I told them to leave.

“They said they were not go­ing, so I took one of them by the arm and told them all to leave.”

The teenagers, three who were aged 17 at the time and one 16-year-old, re­sisted. Mr Sapra told the court he had heard one of them threaten him.

“He said: ‘Come out­side, I’ll jook you’, things like that,” Mr Sapra said.

“I know street lan­guage – it means to stab some­one.”

Once out­side the pub, Mr Sapra said one of the young men pulled a black pouch out of the front pocket of his trousers which he took as a threat of a weapon, which is when Mr Sapra’s brother called the po­lice.

De­fence lawyer, John Cooper QC, told Mr Sapra: “I’d like to ad­dress the plethora of as­sump­tions you made that night. You as­sumed they would be trou­ble be­cause they were wear­ing hood­ies.

“When you thought they were un­der age, did you ask them for ID? No, you had al­ready made up your mind that you wanted to chuck them out.”

On the first day of the trial, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31, the Old Bai­ley jury heard that at around 9.30pm on the same evening as the The Great Western in­ci­dent, Mr Thrower was hacked with an axe and stabbed to death when he con­fronted a gang of youths who had spat at and taunted his girl­friend.

Jurors were told last week that Hal­libur­ton and Subeir, car­ried out the fa­tal at­tack after be­ing handed the axe by two 17 year-old boys.

Hal­libur­ton, of Toll­gate Drive, Hayes; Subeir, of Rock­ing­ham Road, Uxbridge; and the two 17 year-olds, from Hayes, deny mur­der.

The trial con­tin­ues.

n STABBED TO DEATH: Handy­man Paul Thrower

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