Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham riot trial: Security firm rapped for lateness

A security firm has appeared in front of a judge in Birmingham after defendants in a high-profile murder case were not brought to court in time.

Judge Justice Flaux told the representative of GEOAmey Monday's late arrival was "totally inexcusable".

He thanked the spokeswoman for her letter explaining Monday's events.

Defendants were due in court for the start of a trial over the deaths of three men in Winson Green, Birmingham, during last August's riots.

Mr Justice Flaux was speaking at the start of the second day of proceedings against eight men charged with murder.

Haroon Jahan, 21, and brothers Shahzad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, were hit by a car in the Winson Green area on 10 August, during riots in Birmingham.

"We are starting a major trial nationally and in this city and the defendants were not brought to court in good time," the judge said.

"Will you please go back and ensure for the remainder of the trial they are brought to court by 9:15."

A spokesperson for GEOAmey said: "The late arrival at court is currently being investigated in collaboration with the prison service.

"Steps have been taken to ensure this does not happen again."

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