16-year-old boy accused of stabbing Afghan refugee 18-year-old to death denies murder

A 16-year-old boy accused of stabbing an Afghan refugee to death has denied murder today as he appeared in court.

The teenager, who cannot be named, allegedly knifed Hazrat Wali, 18, during a fight on a footbridge in Twickenham, west London, at around 4.45pm on October 12 last year.

The youth appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from Feltham Young Offenders Institution to confirm his name and deny murder. 

Mr Wali, a student at Richmond upon Thames College, collapsed on the busy playing field close to his college.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

The promising cricketer, from Notting Hill, came to the United Kingdom two years ago.

The alleged killer, from west London, denied murder. A trial date is yet to be set.

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