A 16 year old from Telford has been acquitted of murder following an 8 week trial at Stafford Crown Court.
The youth, represented by Gurdeep Garcha QC, leading Kevin Jones (St Johns Buildings) – instructed by Claire Mills of WMB Solicitors, Telford – was charged alongside three other defendants with murder and ABH.
The victim was stabbed to death in a park in Telford in June 2021 following an altercation.
The prosecution case was that the defendants were gang members on their way to a planned confrontation with a rival gang. They happened to come across the victim with whom a verbal altercation quickly escalated into violence. All four members of the gang were said to be armed with weapons including a samurai sword, a kitchen knife, a hammer and wheel brace. The victim and his friend were both attacked.
The defendant denied that he was aware of any planned violence and disputed that he was carrying any weapon. His defence was that he was not responsible for any violence and was not part of any joint enterprise.
Two defendants were convicted of the murder and ABH by the jury. The third had pleaded guilty to both offences shortly before the trial.
Mr Garcha QC’s client was unanimously acquitted by the jury.