Welwyn Garden City murder trial: Victim was stabbed in the heart, court hears

PUBLISHED: 09:52 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 07 June 2018

Floral tributes laid in Ludwick Way, Welwyn Garden City, following a fatal stabbing.
Picture: Nina Morgan

Floral tributes laid in Ludwick Way, Welwyn Garden City, following a fatal stabbing. Picture: Nina Morgan

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Four Welwyn Garden City men have gone on trial for murder this week after a 23-year-old was fatally stabbed in the town.

Floral tributes laid in Ludwick Way, Welwyn Garden City, following a fatal stabbing.
Picture: Nina MorganFloral tributes laid in Ludwick Way, Welwyn Garden City, following a fatal stabbing. Picture: Nina Morgan

Bassingburn Walk residents Vinnie Bradshaw, 19, Daniel Frazer-Traille, 29, and Keith Coventry, 34, as well as 18-year-old John Taycur of Longmore Gardens, were all charged with murder and attempted GBH.

It comes after an attack that happened in Ethelred Close and adjoining Ludwick Way on January 18 this year, following which Jamil Mohammed Sarki died.

Prosecutor Christopher Donnellan QC said that earlier that day, Bradshaw and Taycur had travelled to King’s Cross to conduct some sort of financial scam – during which what is likely to be a “wad of bank notes” was exchanged.

He said there were limited details about that event, but it involved the pair meeting someone named Elijah Makinde, before leaving him and going back to Welwyn Garden City.

Mr Sarki, who had been in phone contact with Mr Makinde, then made his way with a friend to Welwyn Garden City to recover the money, St Albans Crown Court heard.

After learning of the pair’s arrival, the four defendants met at Bassingburn Walk with the intention of stopping them, which eventually resulted in the confrontation at around 10.20pm.

Mr Donnellan told the court that Mr Sarki was stabbed in the heart, and the second charge of attempted GBH relates to the defendants also trying to stab his friend.

He said it was two of the defendants, each armed with a knife, who physically carried out the attack – although the prosecution cannot identify which two.

“The other defendants were close by throughout and all four had come together at Bassingburn Walk just a short time earlier,” he added.

“The reason was earlier on the same day John Taycur and Vinnie Bradshaw had obtained a lot of cash in London.”

Mr Donnellan said that the friend – realising Mr Sarki was dying – called 999 before a passerby came to help, but despite their best efforts they were unable to save him.

“He died from a puncture stab wound to his heart,” the prosecutor said.

“He suffered two other non-fatal stab wounds to his arm.”

The case continues.

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