Victoria station murder accused denies seeing attack

Sofyen Belamouadden
Image caption Sofyen Belamouadden was stabbed in the chest

A teenager accused of killing a 15-year-old boy at Victoria station has denied that he stabbed him, telling a court: "I was unaware of what was going on."

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named, admitted being in the ticket hall where Sofyen Belamouadden is said to have been attacked by a group of youths.

He said he did not know who had knifed the schoolboy in March last year.

The youth and six other teenagers deny murder.

The defendant, when cross-examined at the Old Bailey by Mark Heywood QC, prosecuting, agreed that CCTV footage showed he was "right there".

But when Mr Heywood suggested that he would "probably notice" the fact that Sofyen was repeatedly being knifed, he replied: "No."

Stabbed and kicked

The youth is on trial with two other 17 year olds and 18-year-olds Samuel Roberts, of Camberwell, Obi Nwokeh, of Bermondsey, Enoch Amoah, of Camberwell, and Junior Bayode, of Streatham.

Jurors have heard that Sofyen, of Acton, west London, was chased by a 20-strong group of youths during rush hour at Victoria before being pursued into the Underground ticket hall, where he was stabbed, punched and kicked.

Violence was said to have flared as a result of tensions between pupils from two west London schools.

The trial was adjourned until next week.

A total of 20 people are accused of Sofyen's murder, with further trials due to take place later in 2011.

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