5th Dec, 2016

Daniel Kirkwood murder trial begins at Warwick Crown Court

Coventry Editorial 14th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE TRIAL of the five men accused of killing a teenager who was stabbed in the neck outside a Coventry night club began yesterday (Wednesday).

The jury will be sworn in this morning (Thursday) at Warwick Crown Court.

Judge Justice Warby will hear the case of Tobijah Thompson, 25, of no fixed address, but previously of Blakesley Way, Bordesley Green along with Hasham Ali, 18 of Amberley Green, Great Barr and Ramez Murtaza, 21, of Bordesley Green East.

Zaker Khan, 25 of Belchers Lane, Small Heath, and Ezra Scott, 31, of Hawksyard Road, Erdington will also be standing accused of murder.

All five men have pleaded not guilty to killing 18-year-old Daniel Kirkwood during an incident outside Society night club at about 2am on March 15, 2015.

They also all denied charges of wounding two other men, Niall Kavanagh and Nigel Mkhwananzi, with intent to cause them grievous bodily harm as well as a further counts of violent disorder and for assaulting Christopher O’Brien causing him actual bodily harm.

Thompson alone faces a charge of possessing an offensive weapon, a knife.

The trial is expected to last five to six weeks and will see 33 witnesses called.

Representing the defendants will be Kim Hollis QC for Murtaza, Michael Borelli QC for Thompson, Charles Miskin QC for Ali, Abdul Iqbal QC for Khan and Paul Lewis QC for Scott.

The trial continues.