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Warne may give evidence in murder trial

Australian cricketer Shane Warne may be called to give evidence in a muder case involving a man of Indian origin.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 13:52 IST

Star Australian cricketer Shane Warne might be called to give evidence in a case involving an Indian origin taxi driver who allegedly murdered a teenage passenger.

Warne, Test cricket's highest wicket taker, was a witness to the incident that took place at Port Melbourne in December last year.

The driver, 28-year-old Rajbinder Singh Shahi, has been charged with running down 17-year-old Xavier Salmon at Centre Avenue in the Port Melbourne area.

Defence counsel Paul Duggan reportedly told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday that Warne had seen the teenagers in the taxi misbehaving prior to the incident. He said that Warne had pulled down the window of his car to say hello to the group of teenagers but the youngsters started abusing Warne and throwing lollies at him.

"Mr Warne told the defendant to get rid of them, get them out of the cab," Duggan said in the court.

Duggan said that he may not call Warne for the preliminary trial but might require him if the case goes to the Victorian Supreme Court.

Magistrate Charles Rozencwajg, has remanded Shahi to custody. The accused, who did not apply for bail, has been ordered to appear in court again on August 28.

The incident took place on December 6 last year after an apparent dispute over taxi fare for Salmon and his friends. Shahi allegedly ran down Salmon in less than a minute after dropping the group at the street.

Warne, who is expected to spearhead Australia's campaign to retain the Ashes later this year, is currently in England captaining county side Hampshire.