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Defendant gives evidence in Siddiqi case

Aamir Siddiqi was stabbed to death on his doorstep in Cardiff in April 2010 Photo: Family / South Wales Police

Jason Richards who's on trial for murder and attempted murder was today asked: 'Did you murder Aamir Siddiqi?', 'No I never' he replied.

'Were you one of 2 men who burst into the house and attacked Aamir and his parents?' 'No I wasn't' he stated.

17-year-old Aamir Siddiqi, a bright A-Level student, was stabbed to death on his doorstep in Roath, Cardiff on the 11th April 2010. His parents Sheikh and Parveen Ahmed tried to help their son but were both seriously injured.

His family were in court today to hear first hand from one of the co-accused. Jason Richards told his defence barrister that he started taking drugs aged 16 and became addicted to heroin in prison. John Charles Rees QC asked him if he could function on drugs: 'Yeah, I didn't take drugs to get off my head', he said: 'I took drugs for the normal living life. Just get by. The buzz has gone.'

He said he met his co-defendant Ben Hope when they became cellmates briefly in Cardiff prison. He said they used to visit each others houses where Mr Hope would often inject him with heroin and he would supply him with drugs to sell.

Jason Richards admitted being a drug dealer 'at the lower end'. He also confirmed previous convictions including robbery, grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

'Are you proud of your convictions?' he was asked. 'No I'm not' he replied.

Jason Richards and Ben hope deny all the charges against them. The case continues.