A 16-year-old was stabbed to death near a church after armed gang members involved in an “ongoing feud” drove to a rival group’s territory, a court has heard.
Jaydon James, from Coventry, died of a single stab wound after being attacked in the Wood End area of the city in November 2018.
Opening the case against three men charged with murder and wounding two of Jaydon’s friends, prosecution QC Michael Burrows told jurors one of the accused men was shot both before and after Jaydon was stabbed.
Mr Burrows invited jurors at Warwick Crown Court to consider whether revenge may have been a motive, after violence involving the RB7 and C2 gangs.
The prosecutor told the court the C2 gang’s “perceived territory” was the CV2 postcode, which includes Wood End, while RB7’s members came from areas in and around Coventry city centre.
Alleging that Abdirazac Hussein Abdi, Bongani Ngozi and Frank Kenfack had acted together to murder Jaydon, Mr Burrows said: “On the night of Saturday November 24 2018, Jaydon James was with friends in the Wood End area.”
He added: “A black Peugeot car pulled up near them, some men ran from the car and chased Jaydon and his friends.
“Many of his friends got away but Jaydon James did not.
“He ran down a drive by the side of a nearby church.
“Those chasing him, caught him and stabbed him.”
Jaydon died of his injuries a short time later despite efforts to resuscitate him, while two of his friends suffered slash wounds, Mr Burrows said.
Prosecutors allege that CCTV evidence shows Kenfack, aged 18 and of no fixed address, was a front seat passenger in the Peugeot.
Abdi, 20, of Foleshill Road, Coventry, was arrested on December 26 2018, and is alleged to have had revenge as a motive after being shot in the leg at a party in “C2 territory” in August 2018.
Ngozi, 18, of Rosemary Way, Hinckley, was detained in January 2019 by police who recovered a phone containing web searches allegedly related to the stabbing.
Jurors were told they were the second panel to be sworn in to the try the case, after an original trial was abandoned due to March’s Covid-19 lockdown.
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Mr Burrows told the jury on Monday: “These defendants were acting together and shared an intention to kill or at least cause really serious injury.
“There is a background to this case.
“The RB7 gang is based very much in and around the centre of Coventry… the C2 gang is based in the Wood End area.
“The rivalry between the two gangs has resulted in a number of incidents of serious violence.”
Two months before his death, the court heard, Jaydon had told his mother that members of RB7 wanted to assault him.
Mr Burrows added: “Later he told her he had been robbed by lads from RB7.
“He said they had punched him and stolen his phone and coat.
“Of course, Jaydon James is not here to tell us who attacked him on the night he was killed, but from what he told his mother, it’s clear he had been targeted and attacked by lads he identified as being from RB7.”
All three defendants deny murder and two counts of wounding with intent.
The trial continues.