A murder suspect alleged to have been part of a violent daytime gang killing has claimed he was actually ‘trying to save’ the injured DPD worker. Manjot Singh told Stafford Crown Court he wanted to ‘stop’ Aurman’s death from being attacked and only got out of an Audi parked at the scene to help him.

Prosecutors say Manjot was part of a group of armed men who ambushed Aurman as he made deliveries with a colleague. But Manjot instead insisted he did not know Aurman, from Smethwick, and never wielded a wooden stave he is alleged to have used to beat up his victim.

Gurdeep Garcha, defending, said: “Did you was any violence towards Aurman?” Manjot said: “No

Mr Garcha said: “Did you encourage anyone else to use violence against him or assist anybody else in assaulting him?” Manjot replied: “No.”

When asked whether he used a weapon to strike Aurman, Manjot said: “Why would I hit him? I didn’t even know him.” A total of five men – including Manjot – are currently standing trial over Aurman’s death in Shrewsbury on August 21 last year.

Prosecutors say four men – Harpreet Singh, Mehakdeep Singh, Harwinder Singh Turna and Sehajpal Singh – are still wanted in connection with the case. They are said to have been taken to and from the scene of the alleged killing in a Mercedes.

Manjot – who was born in Punjab, India – told jurors how he came to the UK in 2020. Taking to the witness box to give his evidence, he recalled how he initially worked in construction before getting a job as a DPD driver in Kidderminster.

The defendant had no dealings with Aurman at DPD’s Stoke depot where he worked. Jurors heard how Manjot was sitting in the Audi – which took four of the defendants on trial to the scene – when it pulled up in Berwick Avenue.

He spotted who he now knows to be Aurman, with the alleged victim getting out of the DPD van from the passenger seat. Aurman began ‘swearing’ and then ‘ran instantly’ as the men from the Mercedes started ‘chasing him’.