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Youth cleared of Aqeel Khan murder in Watford

Aqeel Khan Image copyright JOHN O REILLY
Image caption Aqeel Khan died from a single stab wound

A 17-year-old boy has been cleared of murdering another teenager who was stabbed in Watford.

Aqeel Khan, 18, died from a single stab wound in Croxley View, on the Holywell Housing Estate on 22 August last year.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not give evidence at the Luton Crown Court trial.

But when he was arrested he said he had not been responsible for Mr Khan's death and was not present when he was stabbed.

'Slumped to ground'

He claimed he did not know who had stabbed the teenager, the court heard.

During the trial, the prosecution alleged there was bad feeling between the accused and at least two other young men.

The court heard that on the afternoon of 22 August, the defendant clashed with a group of young men outside a parade of shops in Tolpits Lane.

As violence flared, it was claimed the boy then ran into Croxley View, where he was pursued by a number of young men, including Mr Khan.

Moments later, Mr Khan - who had been leading the chase - slumped to the ground from a stab wound.

He was rushed to Watford General Hospital, but medical staff were unable to save him.

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