Officer accused over questions at murder trial

Officer accused over questions at murder trial

Officer accused over questions at murder trial

First published in News

A POLICE officer who interviewed a key witness ahead of the murder trial of Fiaz Munshi has been accused of asking “improper” questions.

Yesterday Detective Constable Christopher Mavers was cross-examined in Oxford Crown Court in connection with prosecution witness Sunder Khutan.

He gave evidence about Munshi’s involvement in an arson attack which killed Majid Khan, 15, and his eight-year-old sister Anum in their Magdalen Road home in 1997. Mr Khutan has been described as the prosecution’s “star witness” and alleges the defendant was a “puppet master” who manipulated others into setting the fire.

He also gave evidence during trials in 1998 and 1999, in which five men were handed life sentences in connection with the fire and one woman was jailed for manslaughter. But Stephen Kamlish, defending Munshi, 38, of Manley Road in Oldham, suggested mistakes were made when questioning the “flaky” Mr Khutan last year.

He suggested to DC Mavers that by asking the witness – who has been sectioned and suffers from bipolar disorder – if he had “more” information he was asking an improper question.

DC Mavers said: “I did not think he was suggestible. We were specific and to the point about why we were there.”

Munshi denies murder.

The trial continues.

Our top stories:

Woman sexually assaulted in Bankside area in Banbury

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

6:50pm Sunday 1st February 2015

A WOMAN was sexually assaulted in the Bankside area of Banbury today.

UPDATE: Man left with serious head injuries after being hit with wooden item during fight in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:17pm Saturday 31st January 2015

THREE men have been arrested after a man was left with "serious injuries," police say.

Landslip near Banbury shuts line to Leamington Spa causing major delays

Oxford Mail: A Chiltern Railways Clubman train

10:29am Sunday 1st February 2015

TRAINS from Oxford to the north of England will be disrupted until at least Tuesday after a landslip on Saturday.

Snow across Oxfordshire - in readers' pictures + forecast

Oxford Mail:

7:43am Saturday 31st January 2015

IT'S been snowing overnight in Oxfordshire and here's some of the pictures our readers have sent in.

Record broken as more than £500,000 raised for Poppy Appeal

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE POPPY Appeal’s fundraising target has been smashed in the county.

Healthcare worker brought back from Africa to UK for Ebola monitoring via Brize Norton

Oxford Mail: RAF logo

1:20pm Saturday 31st January 2015

A British military healthcare worker has been brought back to England for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury while treating a person in Sierra Leone.

Related links

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree