A murder trial has heard how a 22-year-old was stabbed in the back in Aylesbury before he died.

On October 28 last year, Amir Shafique died after a large fight in a car park near the Edinburgh Playing Fields.

Reading Crown Court heard today (Tuesday) from the pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Mr Shafique. He revealed that the victim was stabbed multiple times and suffered one wound which punctured his lung and liver.

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Nasim Khan, 24, of no fixed address; 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 have been charged with murder and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

The 17-year-old boy cannot be named for legal reasons.

All eight of the defendants have denied the charges against them.

Hearing from pathologist Alexander Kolar, the court heard about the injuries Mr Shafique sustained before he died.

Dr Kolar told the court that the victim suffered nine wounds from a knife or bladed weapon before he died. These wounds were classified as “incisions”, “chops” and “stabs”.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore asked Dr Kolar: “Mr Shafique suffered a series of sharp force injuries. The nine we have identified, are they nine separate actions by the perpetrator or perpetrators?"

In response, Dr Kolar said: “Yes, it would require nine separate contacts against the skin’s surface.”

Explaining each of the nine injuries, Dr Kolar outlined how four of them were more damaging than the rest.

Mr Shafique suffered three stab wounds – one to the back of his left shoulder which was 12cm deep and one to his left forearm, which went 16cm deep and came through the other side of his arm.

The third stab wound was to the back, which penetrated his lung, damaged one of his ribs and also entered his liver. This wound was 14cm deep.

The fourth damaging injury was to Mr Shafique’s head, fracturing his skull and resulting in a bruising to the brain.

When Mr Shafique was treated by emergency responders, they found he had a collapsed lung. Dr Kolar stated that the stab wound to his back would have been the “dominant factor” for this damage.

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Dr Kolar concluded that the cause of Mr Shafique’s death was “multiple sharp force injuries.”

When Ms Moore asked if the stab wound Mr Shafique suffered to his back alone could have killed him, Dr Kolar said: “If he had just suffered that injury he could have died, he may well have died.”

The court also heard that when he received emergency treatment, Mr Shafique had suffered a cardiac arrest and that there was “no blood” in his heart.

Asking for clarification, judge Paul Dugdale asked: “The blood isn’t circulating because somewhere else he is bleeding out?” Dr Kolar confirmed this could have been the case.

The trial continues.

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