A good friend of a young person fatally stabbed exterior his college advised police he was attacked as a result of he had “joined a gang and had left”, a court docket has heard.
Khayri McLean, 15, died on the entrance to North Huddersfield Trust School after being focused by two balaclava-wearing youths who had been “lying in wait” for him final September, prosecutors say.
A 15-year-old boy has admitted homicide, having stabbed Khayri within the chest, whereas a 17-year-old is accused of stabbing the sufferer within the leg.
The older boy has denied homicide and is on trial as a result of prosecutors say that, though he didn’t inflict the deadly blow, he acted along with his co-accused and so they “encouraged and supported each other to carry out the attack”.
At Leeds Crown Court, prosecutor George Hazel-Owram mentioned a 15-year-old good friend of Khayri who witnessed the lethal assault advised officers “he thought this incident had happened because Khayri was in a gang and had left the gang”.
“He thought Khayri had joined the gang partway through Year 10,” Mr Hazel-Owram mentioned.
“He had seen Khayri post about the gang on social media.”
The good friend mentioned he had seen two folks “dressed in black from head to toe” heading throughout an adjoining public subject earlier that afternoon.
A abstract of the boy’s interview with police, learn in court docket by Mr Hazel-Owram, mentioned he had been with Khayri and different associates “all talking and having a laugh” as they left college for the day.
As they approached an alleyway, two folks sporting balaclavas, sun shades and gloves leapt at them, with one shouting “Yo, Khayri”, the witness mentioned.
The attacker “came straight at Khayri”, the witness advised police, including that he had thought it was a joke – till he noticed the knife.
The attacker who had shouted then jumped within the air “like some ninja”, swinging the knife in direction of Khayri’s shoulder, the witness mentioned.
He advised police that he may hear Khayri screaming as he sprinted away from the scene.
The trial continues.