Accused says pal admitted stabbing teen schoolboy

Murdered teen Adil Basharat
Murdered teen Adil Basharat

ONE of four men accused of murdering Adil Basharat outside his school, told police one of his co-accused had admitted to the stabbing in the moments after they fled the scene, a jury at Northampton Crown Court heard.

Jake Batten, 22, revealed to a police sergeant in one of his interviews after arrest, that Adam Moore, 20, said he had stabbed the 16-year-old schoolboy outside Kingsbrook School, in Deanshanger, on November 19 last year. It is thought the teenager, who was attacked and stabbed to death with a broken golf club outside the school gates, was the victim of mistaken identity.

Adam Moore, Freddy Wilson, and Daniel Anderson, all 20, and Batten deny murdering Adil on November 21 and violent disorder on November 19.

Moore and Billy Billingham, 19, also deny conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm between October 1 and November 19. Batten, of Deanshanger, was interviewed by DS Gan Thayanithy later on November 19, and was the only suspect to answer police questions.

The jury heard yesterday how Moore, Batten, Wilson and Anderson ran back to a car after the attack upon Adil.

Batten said: “There was a bit of laughter but Adam [Moore] was quiet the whole way back. He didn’t say a lot. There was laughter from the three of us. There was still a bit of adrenaline and we were short of breath.

“When we got back into the car, the conversation turned to Adam admitting he had stabbed him. There was all sorts of talking and Adam was really quiet and just blurted it out. I think he said he’d jacked him.

“He was like ‘Yeah, I stabbed him with the other half of the golf club’. And we were like ‘What did you do that for?’ He said he didn’t know.

“Then we all started panicking and he was saying ‘Take me home’. Adam looked as if he was going to burst into tears.”

The jury also heard how Moore, Wilson and Anderson made ‘no comment’ to police questions.

Batten told officers: “I said I wasn’t going to go ‘no comment’ just to keep you out of trouble. They were expecting me to go no comment.”

The trial continues.