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Mary-Ann's friend unaware of risk
Mary-Ann Leneghan
Mary-Ann was allegedly raped and tortured
The friend of murdered teenager Mary-Ann Leneghan has told a court she was "worried" when a man took the girl from her car, but did not get help.

Shazia Ishaq, 23, told Reading Crown Court how the 16-year-old and another friend were taken from a car park by a gang in Reading, Berkshire, on 6 May.

She said she was "very scared" but did not know they were in danger. The girls were later raped and tortured.

Six men face charges including murder, rape, attempted murder and kidnap.

Mary-Ann was found dead in the town's Prospect Park on the morning of 7 May after her 18-year-old friend, who was shot in the head, staggered to a nearby road and raised the alarm.

Mary-Ann had been stabbed numerous times.

I didn't know what the situation was, they were hanging about with those people
Mary-Ann's friend Shazia Ishaq
On Friday, Miss Ishaq was cross-examined by Anthony Evans QC, representing Adrian Thomas, 20, of Battersea, south London.

She told the court she failed to raise the alarm about her concern's for Mary-Ann's welfare because her mobile phone had run out of batteries.

Mr Evans said: "If you had been worried about what had happened to Mary-Ann and (her friend) you could have contacted the police that Friday night."

Miss Ishaq replied: "Yes, but I didn't know what was going on, I didn't know what the situation was, they were hanging about with those people so I didn't have a clue."

'A little frightened'

The court heard how she, Mary-Ann and her other friend - who cannot be named for legal reasons - had been sitting in Miss Ishaq's Renault Clio in the car park of the Wallingford Arms pub, near Mary-Ann's home, when the men arrived.

Miss Ishaq told the court that Mr Thomas, known as "Redz", and five other men surrounded her vehicle.

She said Mary-Ann had earlier told her she knew Mr Thomas.

Miss Ishaq said Mary-Ann appeared "calm" after he ordered her out of the car, saying: "I want to talk to you."

But then added that the girl seemed "just a little bit frightened".

According Miss Ishaq, Mr Thomas put his hand through a partially-opened window of her car, unlocked the door and "got Mary-Ann out", before leading her away.

Street search

The court heard another man "helped" the other unnamed girl out of the car.

Miss Ishaq waited in the vehicle for 10 minutes, before driving through a number of streets to see if she could find Mary-Ann and her friend.

Mr Thomas was in the dock with 22-year-old Jamaile Morally, of Balham, south London; Morally's brother Joshua, also 23 and from Balham; Llewellyn Adams, 24, of Balham; 18-year-old Indrit Krasniqi, of Chiswick, west London; and Michael Johnson, 19, of Southfields, south-west London.

Joshua Morally has admitted two counts of kidnap but denies murder, attempted murder, rape and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The other five deny all charges.

The trial continues.




SEE ALSO:
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24 Jan 06 |  Berkshire
Shot woman 'too scared to scream'
23 Jan 06 |  Berkshire
Mary-Ann witness cries in court
20 Jan 06 |  Berkshire
Mary-Ann witness describes ordeal
19 Jan 06 |  Berkshire
Mary-Ann jury retraces last steps
18 Jan 06 |  Berkshire
Men killed Mary-Ann 'for revenge'
17 Jan 06 |  Berkshire


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