QC and barrister lead prosecution in murder trial after fatal stabbing

Thu, 27 Jun 2019

Two advocates from No5 Barristers’ Chambers are leading the prosecution in a murder trial over the stabbing of a student outside his Highgate college.

Michael Burrows QC and Tom Schofield are prosecuting in the trial of a 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at Birmingham Crown Court.

Sixteen-year-old Sidali Mohamed was allegedly stabbed in the chest with a two-pronged knife during a struggle at the gates of Joseph Chamberlain College on February 13 this year. Mr Mohamed was also punched in the face, breaking his jaw, the jury heard.

Attempts were made to resuscitate Mr Mohamed, from Bordesley Green, Birmingham, who was rushed to hospital but died two days later.

The defendant, who was 16 at the time of the offence, has denied murder, two charges of wounding with intent, two of possessing a knife, threatening another with an offensive weapon and unlawful wounding.

Mr Burrows told the court that security guard Yousaf Islam had tried to grab the knife during the incident but when he got back into the college had realised that he had been stabbed in the back.

He also alleged that a student who tried to wrestle the knife off the defendant was cut on his left thumb.

Mr Burrows QC also told the court: “I understand that it is now the defendant's case that he did stab Mr Mohamed once 'pre-emptively' because he thought Sidali was armed with a knife and was going to stab him.”

The trial continues.

To read more about the case, visit: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/teenager-stabbed-student-death-shouting-17262821

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