A TEENAGE witness has told a court he watched as a youth took a weapon out of his waistband and stuck it in the stomach of a 15-year-old schoolboy.
The boy, who is now 17, said he did not come forward to police with his evidence for two months because he was “scared the same group would come for him”.
And a second witness has told the trial how she heard the 16-year-old alleged attacker tell one of her friends that he was responsible for the crime.
The trial at Derby Crown Court had already been told that a 15-year-old boy was surrounded by a gang as he left school on February 18 last year.
He was set upon and, during the attack, the teen was stabbed once in the abdomen and once in the back.
Initially six boys, now aged 15 to 17, stood trial for wounding with intent. But on Tuesday, the second day of the trial, that charge was dropped against all but one of the group.
All six have pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of violent disorder.
By law the victim, the accused and the witnesses cannot be identified because they are under 18 years of age.
The name and location of the school also cannot be revealed.
Giving evidence at yesterday’s hearing, the first witness, who was 16 at the time of the attack, said he saw someone stab the victim.
Via a video interview with the police he said: “I was walking behind the guy that got stabbed.
“When he got to the bridge I saw around five or six Asian boys approach him.
“One of them stood back and the other five just started beating him up.
“He (the victim) was on the floor, then got up, and I saw the guy that had stood back take a knife or sharp object out from his waistband and put it down by the side of his thigh as though he was hiding it.
“He came forward and sliced the blade into his stomach. Everyone was screaming and running away.”
Under cross-examination from Adam Walker, who represents the defendant, the witnesses was asked why it had taken him two months to go to the police.
He replied: “I was just scared that if I said something they would come after me.”
The jury was told that the boy later picked out the accused as the person he saw stab the victim in a video identity parade.
A second witness, a girl who was 16 at the time of the assault, said she did not see who stabbed her friend but witnessed the aftermath.
She said: “I couldn’t see what was going on in the kerfuffle but I saw the victim on the floor saying ‘I’ve been stabbed’ and holding his belly.”
The same witness said she was walking with a friend in Normanton Road a few weeks after the incident.
She said they saw the suspect outside an amusement arcade and the conversation turned to the stabbing.
The witness said: “I can’t remember what she said to him but I heard him tell her ‘I did it’.”
The trial continues.
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