A FRIEND of one of the teenagers accused of the murder of Kempston grandfather, Sharif Demirsay, told a jury how he told her two or three weeks before the pensioner’s death that he was planning a “move” - a slang term for a robbery
The girl, 20-year-old Daniela Ruggiero said Courtney Glynn, who she had known since her childhood, was a regular caller to her home.
Sometimes she said they would go for a walk together, adding that although they were ‘really good friends’ there was never anything more
Daniela, who gave her evidence from behind a screen in the witness box at Luton Crown Court, said one night 19-year-old Mr Glynn called at her home around 10.30 to 11 to say he had ‘just met up’ with co-accused, Travis Dixon-Charles.
Jane Bickerstaff QC prosecuting asked her: “Did he tell you what he and Travis were talking about?”
Miss Ruggiero replied: “Yes, they were planning a move.”
Asked what she thought the term move meant she answered: “Like they were planning an attack or something to harm someone.”
She said when she asked Courtney Glynn, “what they were going to do,” he replied: “You will see, you will see.”
Miss Ruggiero was giving evidence as the trial of four teenagers accused of Mr Demirsay’s murder.
Across the courtroom Travis Dixon-Charles, 18, Courtney Glynn, 19, a 17-year-old youth who cant be identified and a 16-year-old boy who also can’t be identified for legal reasons, all plead not guilty to the murder of Mr Demirsay..
Mr Dixon-Charles, Mr Glynn and the 17-year-old all plead not guilty to aggravated burglary.
All four teenagers deny unlawfully wounding Mr Demirsay’s partner, Parshini Salhotra
Finally Mr Glynn pleads not guilty to intimidation and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
The prosecution have alleged the four went to the home Vineyard Way in Kempston of 65-years-old Mr Demirsay and his 69-year-old partner, Parshini Salhotra on the night of May 14 last year to steal Asian gold and cash.
Mr Demirsay, who lived with Parshini, was stabbed a total of 11 times after answering a knock at his door around 9.30pm that evening and died a short while later.
It’s alleged three of the gang wearing hoodies and each armed with a knife pushed their way into his bungalow home and began attacking him while one remained outside as a ‘lookout’.
Miss Ruggiero said that following the murder of Mr Demirsay, she saw Courtney Glynn some nine days later when he came to her house.
She said they arranged to meet up later and they went for a walk.
Miss Ruggiero told the hushed court that Courtney Glynn told her he and Mr Dixon-Charles along with the 16-year-old had gone to Mr Demirsay’s home.
“Courtney said he knocked on the door and the man said ‘Who is it?’ and Courtney said ‘Just open up man.”
Miss Bickerstaff asked her: “Did the man open the door?”
She replied: “Yes”
Miss Bickerstaff: “What did Courtney say happened next?”
Miss Ruggiero replied: “He barged his way in and he said the man tried strangling him and he stabbed the man.”
Miss Bickerstaff: “Did he tell you how many times he had stabbed the man.”
She answered: “No.”
Miss Ruggiero told the court that Courtney Glynn told her just the three of them had gone into the house and the lady in the house had hit Mr Dixon-Charles over the head with a ‘pole’.
Asked by Miss Bickerstaff if Courtney had said if anyone else had stabbed the man, she said he told her, “Travis.”
She told the jury she was sure that Mr Glynn had told her that the 16-year-old had taken the gold before all three ran off.
Miss Ruggiero said as Mr Glynn told her what had happened, he had his head down, ‘like he was ashamed’.
She went on: “He didn’t want to look me in the face.”
On another occasion she said they had watched together CCTV footage that had been released which showed people running away from the scene of the murder on the night.
She told the court: “He said the first person running off was him.”