A YOUNG man and two teenagers are to stand trial over the knife killing of a 16-year-old boy in a Coventry street.
Jaydon James died in hospital after being stabbed during an incident in Deedmore Road, Wood End, Coventry, at shortly before midnight in November 2018.
Appearing at Warwick Crown Court, Abdirazac Abdi, Bongani Ngozi, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, pleaded not guilty to Jaydon’s murder.
Abdi (20) of Foleshill Road, Coventry; Ngozi (18) of Rosemary Way, Hinckley; and the 17-year-old, of no fixed address, also denied wounding two of Jaydon’s friends with intent to cause them grievous bodily harm.
Judge Andrew Lockhart QC commented: “I understand the issue in all cases is identification and participation.”
That was confirmed by prosecutor Michael Burrows QC, who at an earlier hearing had explained that in respect of the 17-year-old it centred on identification, while ‘in the case of the other two it will be presence.’
Judge Lockhart said the trial, which is expected to last for up to six weeks, had been fixed to start on February 24 – and all three defendants were remanded in custody until then.