THE Towcester police sergeant who caught the attackers of murdered school boy Adil Basharat was among a team honoured at the Northants Police Awards last week.
Sergeant Michaela Kennett was one of the first officers on the scene when 16-year-old was stabbed to death with a broken golf club outside his school in Deanshanger one break time in November 2010.
Senior officers at force’s annual award ceremony were told last week that Sgt Kennett did exceptionally well to preserve the scene, amid distressed children outside the Kingsbrook School gates.
They said her outstanding local knowledge also allowed her to act quickly and trace the gang’s getaway car registration number to a nearby house. She went there herself and caught four people in the act of trying to dispose of evidence.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Kinchin, who led the case and, with Sgt Kennett and Detective Constables David Melling and Steve Williams, was awarded the Judge’s Commendation Award for his role, said: “She did incredibly well. She found the four suspects there washing and cleaning clothes they had worn during the attack. Apart from the implications of them doing that in relation to their part in Adil’s death, it’s a crime in itself.
DCI Hinchin said getting the suspects within what detectives call ‘the Golden Hour’ after a major crime helped the eventual conviction of the men immeasurably.
A jury found Adam Moore aged 20, of Cosgrove, guilty in August 2011 of inflicting the fatal stab wound and was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years.
He was one of four men who attacked Adil in error on the spur of the moment, after one of the gang mistook Adil for a thief who had robbed their friend of cocaine.
Freddy Wilson, aged 20, of Glebe Road, Deanshanger , Daniel Anderson, also 20, of Horsefair Green, Stony Stratford, and 22-year-old Jake Batten, of Maltings Row, Deanshanger were acquitted of the murder and manslaughter. However they were given three years jail and detention by Judge Charles Wide QC after being found guilty of violent disorder.
DCI Hinchin said: “Catching them not just destroying evidence but, just as importantly, before they had time to agree a story was a massive boost for the investigation. Sergeant Kennettt deserves a huge amount of credit for that.”