Murder accused: ‘It was an accident’

Tragic teen Adil Basharat was just 16 when he was killed
Tragic teen Adil Basharat was just 16 when he was killed

A 20-YEAR-OLD accused of inflicting the fatal wound on schoolboy Adil Basharat has said it was self defence, a jury heard this week.

The 16-year-old was set upon by four men in a revenge attack on Friday, November 19 last year while he was on a break outside Kingsbrook School in Deanshanger. Three days later he died in hospital as a result of his wounds.

Adam Moore from Cosgrove, Freddy Wilson from Deanshanger, Daniel Anderson from Stony Stratford, all 20, and 22-year-old Jake Batten, also from Deanshanger have denied murder.

They are also accused of violent disorder by attacking Adil’s friends who intervened. Moore is also charged alongside Billy Billingham, 19 of Bradville, Milton Keynes of conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm between October 1 and November 19.

Last week the court heard the attack was a case of mistaken identity as the defendants attempted to exact revenge for a robbery carried out on Billingham weeks before.

Moore gave evidence on Wednesday after the prosecution closed its case.

The previous day, Batten, the only defendant to speak to police during initial interviews, had said Moore made an adrenaline fuelled confession immediately after the attack.

He claimed Moore had admitted he had stabbed Adil with the broken end of a golf club.

On Wednesday, Moore said he had taken the golf club from his car, and confronted Adil’s group when he started fighting with a witness, whose identity is protected.

Moore said: “I grabbed the golf club handle as I stood up. He [the witness] must have been behind me and I felt a blow to the back of my head and I fell forward.

“I did not see exactly who hit me. I lost my balance and fell forward. The golf club was still in my hand and I fell on top of Anderson and Adil who was on top. I got up to see who had hit me from behind and still had the handle in my hand.”

Christopher Donnellan QC, defending, said: “At that time did you have any realisation what had happened to the golf club?”

Moore said: “I didn’t really know what had happened. I thought I might have caused injury to Adil but I was not sure.”

Cross-examining, Benjamin Aina QC said: “So what you have told the jury is however Adil was stabbed, it was an accident?”

Moore said: “That’s exactly what I’m saying.”

Mr Aina added: “Adil started the aggression, there’s been a fight, and in the course of that you were acting in self-defence; is that your position?”

Moore said: “Yes. I was acting in self-defence.”

The trial continues.