A JURY has retired to consider verdicts on whether four men murdered schoolboy Adil Basharat.
Adam Moore, Freddy Wilson, and Daniel Anderson, all 20, and Jake Batten, 22, deny murdering Adil, who died two days after being attacked outside the gates of Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger on November 19. They also deny violent disorder.
Moore and Billy Billingham, 19, also deny conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm between October 1 and November 19, by allegedly plotting to attack Adil as revenge for a drugs robbery of Billingham a month earlier.
Adil and two friends were assaulted by four men outside the school with a golf club and crutches, Northampton Crown Court heard. The golf club broke and the sharp end of it was thrust into his pelvis, severing a main vein.
Barristers for the five defendants yesterday made their closing speeches to the jury of eight women and four men. Each admitted the death of the teenager was a tragedy, but maintained their clients had only intended to confront him and not cause serious harm.
Andrew Jefferies QC, for Batten, said: “It is our contention that you will have no doubt and will be sure these four boys went onto that green, to use an old fashioned phrase, they were up to no good. We also suggest that you won’t have much trouble being sure that these four boys killed Adil.
“But what we submit you will have real difficulty with is being sure Jake Batten could have anticipated, let alone agreed to, the way in which he died.”
Johnathan Kirk QC, for Wilson, said: “These lads did not set out to kill. They were foolish, idiotic you may think. The prosecution theory is simply wrong that these were a hardened drugs gang involved in an organised attack of a schoolboy. It’s been overplayed and overstated. These kids did something stupid – they got involved in a brawl which went horribly, horribly wrong. That does not make them murderers.”
Judge Charles Wide QC has begun summing up the case and is due to continue today. He said: “Obviously, the death of a youngster, not yet 17, is going to be emotional – emotions are bound to be engaged.
“You do not decide the case of the basis of emotions. Cool, dispassionate assessment of the evidence is required.”
The trial continues.