A college student was stabbed to death in Hanworth just hours after he appeared in court with one of his alleged killers, the Old Bailey heard today (5).
Jamil Palmer, 18, of Belgrade Road, Hampton, was murdered in Crane Park, on May 6, in a 'revenge' attack after a long-standing feud with a 17-year-old rival.
Hours before the killing, the pair had appeared at Feltham Youth Court charged with affray, following a fight in February this year, during which Mr Palmer had slashed the teenager on the face and back with his belt buckle, the court was told.
They clashed moments after they left the courthouse in the afternoon and Mr Palmer challenged the 17-year-old to meet him in Crane Park for a one-on-one fight.
Mr Palmer was on his way to the park when he was set upon by five youths, the court heard.
He suffered three stab wounds, including one to the heart, and died later in hospital.
Kishon Zelaya, 18, of Hamilton Road, Reading, is accused of murder along with four other defendants of Hounslow , and Wembley , the 17-year-old rival, two 16-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named.
They have all denied murder and the alternate charge of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.
Prosecutor John McGuiness QC said: "Jamil Palmer was only 18-years-old when he died and the prosecution say that the motive for the killing of Jamil Palmer was revenge.
"He had been involved in an ongoing dispute of some sort with the second defendant.
Mr Palmer and one of his alleged attackers were seen leaving the courthouse at around 1pm, just hours before the fatal stabbing, jurors were told.
A motorist saw the pair fighting beside Hounslow Road around 30 minutes later, it is claimed.
"Jamil Palmer and the defendant for whatever reason didn't like each other," Mr McGuinness told the jury.
He added: "No matter who had the knife or knives or who used that knife or knives it is the prosecution case that all five defendants are guilty of murder.
"When Jamil Palmer was fatally stabbed in Crane Park all five defendants were there with him.
"There is CCTV evidence which will show the five defendants approaching the area of Crane Park before the fatal stabbing occurred and CCTV that will show that after the fatal stabbing of Jamil Palmer had taken place the five defendants left the area of Crane Park."
The victim, a Kingston College student, was fatally stabbed near Evans Grove at around 3.30pm on May 6.
He was pronounced dead in hospital and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
The trial continues.