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CPS statement on conviction of Jason Richards and Ben Hope

01/02/2013

Catrin Evans, Head of Complex Casework Unit, Crown Prosecution Service, Wales, said: "Aamir Siddiqi's life was cruelly taken from him in a brutal knife attack committed by Jason Richards and Ben Hope. At the same time, they inflicted very serious injury on Aamir's parents as they tried to protect their son.

"The prosecution team has worked very hard on what has been a lengthy and very complex case, founded on an exemplary investigation by South Wales Police. The City of Cardiff has extensive CCTV coverage and there is no doubt that CCTV evidence, together with telephony and forensic evidence, has been a major factor in the successful prosecution of this case.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported the prosecution case. Each statement and every piece of testimony has played its part in the conviction of these two dangerous and violent criminals.

"Whilst Aamir's assailants have been brought to justice, we are acutely aware that nothing can make up for the loss felt by those close to him. Aamir's family have shown remarkable dignity and fortitude throughout a lengthy criminal justice process and our thoughts remain with them."

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