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Daniel Higgins: Man in court charged with 2003 Slough murder

Thirlmere Avenue, Slough Image copyright Google
Image caption Daniel Higgins' body was found at a house in Thirlmere Avenue 16 years ago

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering a teenager who was tortured and shot in the head 16 years ago.

Daniel Higgins, 18, was attacked and killed at a house in Thirlmere Avenue, Slough, on 9 November 2003.

It was allegedly a revenge attack for the murder of Mohammed Mahmood in February the same year, Reading Crown Court was told.

Jamil Khalid, 40, from Slough, denies one count of murder.

Julian Christopher QC, prosecuting, said three masked men entered the house in the early hours armed with a machete, hammer and a gun.

They dragged Mr Higgins from the sofa where he was watching TV with his girlfriend and took him to a bedroom where he was beaten, tortured and shot.

'Blood everywhere'

Mr Higgins' girlfriend, then aged 19, persuaded the men not to restrain her so that she could look after her baby son, the jury heard.

Another young woman in the property at the time had her hands tied with tape and was kept in another room.

Mr Christopher said: "There was the sound of crashing about as if someone was being thrown against the wardrobe.

"This went on for some time, then there was a bang and it all went quiet."

The men ran out of the house and Mr Higgins's girlfriend untied her friend.

"They looked into the spare room and saw Daniel lying on his back, there was blood everywhere," Mr Christopher told the court.

Mr Khalid was the person who told the group of masked men Mr Higgins was at that property that night and gave them a key to gain entry and kill him, said Mr Christopher.

Majad Khan, of Wexham Road, Slough, was found guilty of murdering Mr Higgins and jailed for life in 2004. Mohammed Omar Akbar, from Slough, was also jailed for life for murder in 2006.

Two other men were found guilty of assisting an offender, while a third man admitted the same offence. They were sentenced to seven, five and four years respectively.

Mr Khalid's trial is expected to last three weeks.

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