Demirsay trial: Teenager denies having knife during burglary

Sharif Demirsay was stabbed to death. Photo: ITV News Anglia

A teenager has told a court he does not recall seeing any knives during a burglary in which a grandfather was stabbed to death.

Sharif Demirsay, 65, and his partner were attacked at their home in Kempston, Bedfordshire, in May last year.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was today called to give evidence. He is one of four teenagers on trial at Luton Crown Court.

He admitted he did go to 1 Vineyard Way - the bungalow where Mr Demirsay lived with his partner. The teenager explained he had gone there with two other defendants to steal jewellery.

"Did you stab that man to death?" he was asked by his barrister.

"No I didn't" he replied.

"When you went into that house, did you know anyone had a knife?"

"No" he replied.

The teenager had previously told the court: "I actually felt shocked that someone had died ... from what I knew, no one had knives."

Mr Demirsay suffered eleven cuts and stab wounds. His partner was also stabbed. The teenager said he did not see either of them being attacked with a knife. He told the court he had spent what "felt like a long time" going through cupboards to steal jewellery.

He then told the court why they left the property: "I said to myself 'get out'." He explained: "I opened the door and we all ran out."

He told the jury that Travis Dixon Charles, 18, did not have any involvement in the incident at 1 Vineyard Way, and claimed it was just himself and the other two defendants.

In cross-examination he was accused of telling "a pack of lies". After listening to the 17-year-old, one of the barristers said to him: "Forgive me, it' a bit of a cliche, but you're making this up as you go along."

"No I'm not" he replied.

All four defendants deny murder. The case continues.

Click below to watch Lauren Hall's report.