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PremierLeague-News.Com - Alan Jaf and his eight co-defendants are on trial accused of the murder of Christopher Hughes
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A man accused of kidnapping and murdering a dad from Wigan has dramatically implicated two of his co-accused in the offences. Alan Jaf is on trial accused of killing 37-year-old Christopher Hughes. The dad was found hacked to death by at least 90 sharp force injuries after allegedly being hunted by a vigilante gang who suspected him of rape. Jaf, 52, of Ridyard Street, Worsley Hall, Wigan, is the first of the defendants to give evidence during the trial at Liverpool Crown Court which began just over a month ago. The jury was previously told how Mr Hughes had been hunted down by the gang, forced into the boot of a blue Audi and driven to a quiet country lane near the M58 in Skelmersdale. READ MORE: Criminal brothers hauled to court after Audi trying to flee from police pulls into dead end He was then viciously attacked with weapons including a machete. A vigilante gang had planned to bury Mr Hughes, who they thought had raped a teenage girl behind Ridyard Street, Worsley Hall, Wigan, the court had heard. But the burial was abandoned after members saw police who were coincidentally in the area investigating another matter, jurors were told. His body was found four days after the attack, which the court heard happened on February 18 this year. John Elvidge, KC, prosecuting, said a Home Office pathologist 'catalogued over 90 sharp force injuries to Christopher Hughes’ head, neck, body and limbs - the vast majority of these injuries were inflicted whilst he was still alive'. Mr Elvidge has alleged that the nine defendants who deny murder, kidnapping and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm had formed a team 'to track, trace and capture him'. He claimed that they did this 'to exact retribution for a heinous wrong that they believed, rightly or wrongly, Christopher Hughes had committed.' This was the rape of a teenage girl, said Mr Elvidge. Christopher Hughes, pictured with his mother, Susan "Instead of finding Christopher Hughes and taking him to the police to allow a proper investigation to be conducted, the defendants chose to take the law into their own hands", he said. The nine defendants are - Wigan men - Jaf; Martin Smith, 34, of Greenwood Avenue: Andrius Uzkuraitis, 27, of Holly Road, Worsley Hall; Dean O’Neill-Davey, 30, of Conrad Close, formerly of Bulteel Street; Mohammed Razgar, 40, of Plane Avenue, Worsley Hall; Khalil Awla, 48, of Greenwood Avenue, Worsley Hall; Curtis Balbas, 30, of Matheson Drive, Worsley Hall. Also facing the same charges are Albanians Erland Spahiu, 34, of Uppingham, Skelmersdale, and his cousin Erion Voja, 21, of Peall Road, Croydon, London. The prosecution claim that Balbas and Spahiu had punched Mr Hughes to the ground in Almond Grove, Worsley Hall, and forced him into the boot of the Audi before driving off. Giving evidence yesterday (November 21), Jaf said that he had flown home that day after a two week holiday to his homeland of North Iraq and learnt about the attack on the girl. He said that evening he and others including Balbas and Razgar went out checking CCTV footage from around the scene of the attack to see who was responsible.
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. He said that Spaihiu, Smith, O’Neill-Davey and Voja also turned up while they were checking camera evidence but he did not know how they came to be there. Jaf, a former Jaguar Land Rover engineer, admitted that he twice went to the Hampden Place home of Mr Hughes after rumours that he was responsible for the rape but said he had 'no intention doing any bad to him. I don’t even have a parking ticket'. Jaf said that on February 18 while he was at the home of a sister-in-law Spahiu 'mentioned Curtis did something stupid'. He said he asked Curtis (Balbas) if he had done something wrong and he replied, 'nothing for you to worry about. Don’t worry Dean will sort it out for me'. He told the jury that Balbas said he had 'put someone in a car.' He said it was Ozzie. The court has heard that was a nickname for Mr Hughes. Jaf said that O’Neill-Davey arrived and said: "I’m going to help him out and bury the body." Asked by Miss Smart what he thought, Jaf replied 'I was shocked.' "Before then did you realise there as a body?" she asked. "No," he replied. The prosecution have claimed that after the killing a 'burial party' including O’Neill-Davey, Spahiu, Voja and Uzkuraitis had travelled to Skelmersdale and were busy digging a grave on waste land near where the body lay when they were disturbed by police cars. The force vehicles were coincidentally in the area investigating a road traffic accident but their presence led to the men abandoning the burial. Alongside the nine defendants in the dock is Michael Gibbons, 47, of Bulteel Street, Wigan, who denies perverting the course of justice in the aftermath of the murder. This is allegedly involves providing false information to the police and helping O’Neill-Davey to dispose of the blue Audi car allegedly used to kidnap Mr Hughes. Proceeding. Read more of today's top stories here READ NEXT: Moment thugs attacked stranger in horror street attack Stop giving money to 'professional' traffic light beggars, says GMP top cop Criminal brothers hauled to court after Audi trying to flee from police pulls into dead end 'I love football - but it's unacceptable': Bittersweet celebrations at Europe's biggest fan zone in Manchester Inside the cheapest houses on the market in Greater Manchester - with prices starting from £20,000
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