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School stabbing of Adil Basharat 'mistaken identity'

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

A boy who was fatally stabbed with a broken golf club outside his school gates was the victim of mistaken identity, a court has heard.

Adil Basharat, 16, of Greenleys, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, was attacked at Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger, Northamptonshire, on 19 November.

Northampton Crown Court heard the teenager was the wrong victim in a revenge attack over stolen drugs.

Four men deny murder and violent disorder.

They are Jake Batten, 22, of Mallings Road, and Freddy Wilson, 20, of Glebe Road, both in Deanshanger; Adam Moore, 20, of Bridge Road, Cosgrove and Daniel Anderson, 20, of Horsefair Green, Stony Stratford.

Mr Moore and a fifth man, Billy Billingham, 19, of Kingsfold, Bradville, Milton Keynes, also deny conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm between 1 October and 19 November.

'Orchestrated attack'

Prosecutor Benjamin Aina QC said Adil and two friends had been socialising with other pupils outside the school when they were attacked by four men at about 1110 BST.

The attackers used a golf club, a screwdriver, walking crutches and a metal bar in an assault which lasted about a minute and was captured on CCTV, the court heard.

The club broke and was thrust into Adil's pelvis, severing the main artery.

"It is the prosecution's case that Billy Billingham was responsible for orchestrating the attack as a revenge attack," said Mr Aina.

"In fact, this is a case sadly of mistaken identity."

'I struck him'

The court heard that a few weeks earlier, Mr Billingham had been robbed of cocaine wraps by two Asian men in Milton Keynes.

Adil was mistakenly believed to be one of the robbers, the jury was told.

After the attack on Adil the four men were found hiding in a summer house at Mr Moore's home and were arrested by police.

Mr Batten allegedly told police he had been called by Mr Anderson about a robbery and "wanted to sort it out".

In interview he alleged Mr Moore had said: "I struck him with a golf club. I didn't mean to do it. It went into him."

Mr Moore and Mr Anderson made no comment in their police interviews.

Mr Wilson made a prepared statement in which he said: "I did not use any implement to stab Adil. I was not party to any joint enterprise."

The trial continues.

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