Five in court over murder

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FOUR men yesterday denied being involved in the murder of a teenager outside a Northamptonshire school.

Adil Basharat, 16, died two days after he was set upon by a gang of men near Kingsbrook School, Deanshanger on November 19.

Four men appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday and denied involvement in the teenager’s murder while a fifth man, who was charged earlier this week, is accused of conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm.

Freddy Wilson, of Deanshanger, Adam Moore, of Cosgrove, Daniel Anderson, of Stony Stratford, all 20, and 22-year-old Jake Batten, also of Deanshanger, pleaded not guilty yesterday to Adil’s murder on November 21 and affray two days earlier. They were joined in the dock by Billy Billingham, 19, from Milton Keynes who is accused, along with Moore, of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent. He did not enter a plea.

Benjamin Aina QC, prosecuting, said: “The Crown says the motive behind this murder was, in October last year, a robbery took place of drugs. The Crown says this attack, and the unfortunate death, was retaliation for that incident.”

The four defendants, who deny murder, were remanded in custody until their trial in July while Billingham and Moore are due back in court next month in relation to the conspiracy allegation.

Judge Charles Wide, who imposed reporting restrictions upon the identity of seven witnesses aged under 18, also rejected a bail application for Billingham.