Welwyn Garden City murder trial latest: One man cleared
PUBLISHED: 07:54 20 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:39 20 June 2018
One of four men accused of murder in a Welwyn Garden City street has had the case against him dropped.
Judge Andrew Bright QC ruled that John Taycur, aged 18, from Longmore Gardens, Welwyn Garden City, had no case to answer on a charge of murder and a second charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a teenager.
Three men remain on trial at St Albans crown court for the murder of Jamil Sarki, who was stabbed in the Ethelred Close area of Welwyn Garden City at around 10.20 at night on Thursday January 18. He was found fatally wounded nearby in Ludwick Way.
They also deny attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr Sarki’s friend Gregory Yembra, 19.
It is alleged that two of the defendants, who have not been identified, carried out the attack. The third was said to have been close throughout the stabbing.
Jamil was pronounced dead from a stab wound to his heart.
He suffered two non-fatal stab wounds to his arm.
Daniel Frazer-Traille, 29, Keith Coventry, 34, and Vinnie Bradshaw, 19, all of Bassingburn Walk, Welwyn Garden City, deny murder. They also deny attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Mr Yembra.
The prosecution allege that the murder was carried out after Jamil, who lived in Hornchurch, London, and Gregory Yembra, had travelled up to Hertfordshire from Stratford in East London to collect money on behalf of another person.