A COURT has heard how murdered schoolboy Adil Basharat was beaten with a golf club before being stabbed with the splintered remains.
Four boys were originally charged with the murder but now it appears a fifth suspect may yet be charged after the incident in November last year outside the 16-year-old’s Deanshanger school.
The murder took place in front of dozens of other students at Kingsbrook School, with some needing counselling.
Freddy Wilson, aged 20, from Deanshanger; Adam Moore, aged 19, from Cosgrove; Daniel Anderson, aged 20, from Stony Stratford; and 21-year-old Jake Batten, also from Deanshanger, are accused of his murder as well as affray.
They appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday and were due to enter pleas to the charges, but the case was adjourned by Judge Charles Wide QC who was told some evidence is still to be served, and legal argument will have to be concluded prior to any pleas being entered.
Members of Adil’s family were again in court for the hearing, as were the family and supporters of the four defendants.
Benjamin Aina QC, prosecuting, told the court that a forensic pathologist has concluded the weapon which caused Adil’s death was the shaft of a golf club which shattered during the fatal assault. Mr Aina also revealed that a fifth man may be charged with murder in the coming weeks.
He said: “These four defendants turned up with weapons and the reason for that was to cause really serious bodily harm.”
Judge Wide adjourned the case until a date to be fixed and further remanded the defendants in custody.
Family and friends of the murdered schoolboy held a march in his memory on New Year’s Eve, 4,000 people have signed up to a tribute site on Facebook, and a foundation has been set up in his memory to raise money for water wells in remote villages in Pakistan and for a memorial garden.
A group of friends including his girlfriend, Nisha Patel, have also released a song in his honour.
Fallen Soldier, performed by friends Zain Hussain, Nadir Khan, Sarem Hashmi and Dahnish Hussain, rose to number two in the Milton Keynes charts.