Witnesses describe horror of Adil attack

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WITNESSES have described how a group of men wearing hoodies attacked Adil Basharat during a break from lessons.

Adil Basharat, 16, was fatally injured when he was stabbed with a broken golf club outside Kingsbrook School, Deanshanger in November.

He and two friends were assaulted by four men on Friday, November 19, using weapons including a golf club, a screwdriver, and a metal bar in what a jury at Northampton Crown Court has heard was a case of mistaken identity.

Benjamin Aina QC, prosecuting, said the golf club broke and the sharp end severed a main artery, and the teenager, died two days later.

Freddy Wilson, Adam Moore and Daniel Anderson, all 20, and Jake Batten, 22, deny murdering Adil on November 21 and violent disorder.

Moore and Billy Billingham, 19, deny conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. It is alleged Billingham orchestrated the attack as revenge for drugs being stolen from him a few weeks before, by two men including one with the same first name as Mr Basharat.

Pupil Tamara Shore, 19, told the jury yesterday how she saw Adil and his friends as they were approached by a group of men, and later told officers she recognised Batten, Anderson and Wilson. She said: “They started fighting and Jake hit him. He pushed past and hit him. Anderson gave one of the crutches to Freddy Wilson and they both started hitting Adil with them.”

Another witness, who cannot be named, said: “I saw a friend lying over Adil while he was on the floor. He was trying to protect him from getting beaten up.

“He was lying over Adil and Anderson was hitting him with the crutch – a bit of it flew off.”

A friend of Adil’s, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, said the defendants drove past in a car and had shouted “Adil”. He described the fight, saying Moore held the golf club to Adil’s neck and asked him: “Did you snitch on my mate? His phone was still to his ear when he said it.

“(Adil) said he didn’t know what he was on about. Adil said he didn’t know these people.”

Moore, of Cosgrove; Wilson, of Deanshanger; Anderson, of Stony Stratford; and Batten, of Deanshanger deny murder. The trial continues.