Teenager Adil Basharat stabbed 'in self-defence', court hears

Adil Basharat
Image caption Adil Basharat died in hospital two days after the attack

A man accused of murdering a teenager outside his village school has told a jury he stabbed him by accident in self-defence.

Adam Moore, 20, told Northampton Crown Court he did not intend to harm Adil Basharat, whose pelvis was pierced with the broken shaft of a golf club.

Adil, 16, died two days after he was injured outside Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger, Northamptonshire.

Mr Moore and three other men deny murder and violent disorder.

They are Daniel Anderson, 20, of Horsefair Green, Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire; Freddy Wilson, 20, of Glebe Road, Deanshanger; and Jake Batten, 22, from Mallings Road, Deanshanger.

'Mistaken identity'

Mr Moore of Bridge Road, Cosgrove, Northamptonshire and Billy Billingham, 19, of Kingsfold, Bradville, Milton Keynes, also deny conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm between 1 October and 19 November last year.

The jury has been told that Adil, who died in hospital two days after the attack, was a victim of mistaken identity.

He was allegedly set upon by four men looking for a man with the same first name who had robbed an associate, Mr Billingham, of cocaine.

Adil, of Greenleys, Milton Keynes, and two friends were attacked on the morning of 19 November last year.

The attackers were said to be armed with crutches, a screwdriver and a metal bar, as well as the golf club.

Mr Moore said he had taken the club from his car, confronted Adil's group and started fighting with another teenager.

He said he felt a blow to his head and fell forward with the golf club still in his hand.

'Not planned'

"I didn't really know what had happened. I thought I might have caused injury to Adil but I was not sure," he said.

Mr Batten told the jury he had acted as a peacemaker when the violence broke out.

He said that as the group drove away, he asked Mr Moore why he was so quiet.

"He said 'I think I might have stabbed him (Adil). I felt it go in', something along those lines," said Mr Batten.

"I thought he was exaggerating. I did not quite understand how you could stab someone with a golf club."

Mr Anderson said there was no plan to attack Adil, only to confront him about mistaken suspicions he had robbed Mr Billingham.

Jonathan Kirk QC said Mr Wilson would not give evidence in his defence to the jury.

The trial continues.

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