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Teenager gives evidence in murder of Kempston pensioner

Sharif Demirsay was killed in his home at Vineyard Way in Kempston in May 2013 Photo:

A 16-year-old boy has been giving evidence in the trial of four teenagers accused of murdering a man at his home in Kempston, Bedfordshire.

Sharif Demirsay, 65, was stabbed to death at a property on Vineyard Way in May last year.

This afternoon, Luton Crown Court heard from a teenager about a conversation he had with one of the defendants before Mr Demirsay's death.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had spoken to Travis Dixon Charles on a social networking website. He said the defendant had sent him a Facebook message and asked him if he wanted to do 'a move'.

The 16-year-old explained to the court that he understood this to mean something "like a robbery".

Police at the scene of the murder in Vineyard Way, Kempston in May 2013 Credit: ITV News Anglia

The prosecuting barrister, Jane Bickerstaff QC, asked: "What did he want you to do?"

"Run in and take some gold and money" he replied. He said he then asked Travis Dixon Charles who the house belonged to and he had said "some old people".

The teenager told the court he did not want to get involved. He was then asked about events after Mr Demirsay’s death. He said one of the defendants, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had made a confession to him.

Jane Bickerstaff QC asked: What did you understand him to be talking about - which crime?"

"The murder" he replied.

The 16-year-old said the defendant had asked him to provide an alibi and say they had been together on the night of Mr Demirsay's death.

  • Click below to watch a report on the case at Luton Crown Court by ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall

The teenager then told the court that he had seen another defendant during the summer holidays. He said Courtney Glynn had shown him what he believed was a gun.

"Did he do anything with the gun?" Jane Bickerstaff asked.

"Yes", the witness replied.


"Fired it."

The teenager said Courtney Glynn had shown him the weapon while talking about "snitches".

Travis Dixon Charles, 18, Courtney Glynn, 19, and two other defendants, aged 17 and 16, all deny murder. The trial continues.