One of the men accused of murdering 22-year-old Amir Shafique had a 'defensive' injury which may have affected his 'ability to grip', a court has heard.

Nasim Khan, 24, of no fixed address, has been accused of being one of the “organisers” of Mr Shafique’s death after he suffered fatal stab wounds during a fight near Edinburgh Playing Fields on October 28, 2020.

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Along with Khan, Mohammed Wasim, 20, of Thrasher Road, Aylesbury; Charlie Irwin, 22, of Radnor End, Aylesbury; Bradley Shoult, 21, of Chalgrove Walk, Aylesbury; Bertie Turvey, 22, of Henry Road, Aylesbury; Hamza Mousa, 21, of Cotterill Lane, Birmingham and Ishmael Shah, 23, of Cotterill Lane, Birmingham and a 17-year-old boy are all charged with murder and conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. The 17-year-old boy cannot be named for legal reasons.

The accused deny all of the charges against them.

Reading Crown Court heard yesterday (Tuesday) how Khan had sustained an injury to his hand at the time of the alleged attack.

Asking questions of pathologist Alexander Kolar, barrister Hossein Zahir, representing Khan, asked about the injury.

When Mr Zahir asked if the injury was a defensive wound, Dr Kolar said: “It has the characteristics of a defensive injury, but when I have only seen one image it’s hard to tell what happened.”

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The court heard how a defensive wound would typically be sustained to the arms or hands when a victim is attempting to either block a blow or is using their arms to shield themselves.

Dr Kolar agreed it was possible that Khan had sustained this wound while protecting himself from a blow coming from above him, making an attempt to stop a blade with his hand.

When Mr Zahir asked if Dr Kolar thought that the wound could have been self-inflicted, Dr Kolar responded: “It’s not of the profile that it would be self-inflicted to simulate assault.

“Simulated injuries are typically superficial and in non-sensitive areas, like the cheeks or backs of hands.”

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Mr Zahir also asked if potential ligament damage resulting from the hand injury could have affected Khan’s ability to grip something in his hand.

In response, Dr Kolar said: “It may do, but without knowing precisely what is involved I can’t say anything further in that area.”

Previously during the trial, Khan has been accused of being one of the organisers of the fight that resulted in Mr Shafique’s death.

Last week, prosecutor Miranda Moore told the court that Khan thought Mr Shafique was a “snitch” and that he had called in “reinforcements” from Birmingham to attack him in Aylesbury.

Questioning the pathologist, Ms Moore asked Dr Kolar if the injury could have been caused by something other than a knife.

Dr Kolar said: “It could be caused by sharp glass. Glass can cause sharp force injuries and blunt force injuries.”

The trial continues.

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