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Sharif Demirsay murder: Teens heard 'talking about gold'

Serafettin Demirsay Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption Turkish-born Sharif Demirsay died from a chest wound

Two men and a boy accused of stabbing a grandfather to death in Bedfordshire were heard talking excitedly about "a load of gold", a court has heard.

Sharif Demirsay, 65, died from a stab wound to the heart at his Vineyard Way bungalow in Kempston last May.

Four teenagers, aged 16 to 19, deny the murder of Turkish-born Mr Demirsay.

Luton Crown Court was told the three were huddled together in a smoking shelter at Bedford College where they were students on the same course.

The teenagers are accused of killing Mr Demirsay in the hallway of his home during the raid for gold and money last May

A pathologist told the court Mr Demirsay would have lost consciousness in less than a minute.

Shortly before the killing, Travis Dixon-Charles, 18, Courtney Glynn, 19, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named were seen in the smoking hut talking excitedly of "a load of gold in Kempston".

Also on trial is a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons.

All deny murder. Mr Dixon-Charles, Mr Glynn and the 17-year-old have also denied aggravated burglary.

All four defendants deny unlawfully wounding Mr Demirsay's partner Parshini Salhotra who was also stabbed.

The trial continues.

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