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Charges denied in student stab trial

PUBLISHED: 17:01 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:46 25 August 2010

A TEENAGER accused of being part of a gang that knifed a student claimed he was just trying to protect his friend.

A TEENAGER accused of being part of a gang that knifed a student claimed he was just trying to protect his friend.

The 17-year-old was part of a group who allegedly set upon Faheem Javaid, 20, when he confronted them about robbing his younger brother on a bus.

Mr Javaid, a student, was stabbed four times outside MacDonalds in the Yorkshire Grey roundabout, Eltham, on June 25 last year.

It is claimed knifeman Abdul Yassin-Noor, 19, plunged a blade deep into Mr Javaid's back as he tried to flee from the mob.

But a 17-year-old sports and leisure student, who cannot be named, claimed the fight began when Mr Javaid punched his friend.

He said: "We were in MacDonalds and one of my friends came in the door and told me that 'T' is being rushed outside."

The 17-year-old said he ran home after getting into a short scuffle with Javaid.

The prosecution say the gang attacked Mr Faheem because he dared to confront them about robbing his 14-year-old brother Faizan. Yassin-Noor, of Rochester Way, Eltham, denies robbery, attempted murder, wounding with intent and violent disorder. Balogan, of Ebdon Way, Blackheath, denies violent disorder and robbery. Six other defendants, aged between 15 and 17, of the Ferrier Estate, Kidbrooke, all deny various counts of robbery, violent disorder, attempted murder and wounding with intent. Two of the defendants are charged with a second robbery in Kidbrooke in April. The trial continues.

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