A young man was stabbed to death at a Coventry petrol station in a revenge attack over a broken window, a court has heard.
Pavandeep Daudher, 19, died in the early hours of April 1 last year after suffering a stab wound at the BP petrol station in Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill, late on March 31.
He and a friend had been set upon by five masked men armed with baseball bats, poles and “at least one knife” in what a jury at Warwick Crown Court was told was “a planned, organised and determined lethal attack”.
Five people have denied murdering Mr Daudher and are now standing trial.
They are: Jason Cornwall, 33, of Arundel Road, Cheylesmore; Ethan Lilley, 23, of Queen Isabels Avenue, Cheylesmore; Riley Kavanagh, 19, of Drake Street, Foleshill; Callum Bowman, 30, of Humber Road, Stoke; and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons.
All five are also charged with robbery.
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Opening the case
Opening the case for the prosecution, Edward Brown QC today said: “Pavandeep Singh Daudher was a young man who died in the early hours of April 1 last year.
“Each defendant is charged with the murder of that young man, often called Pav.
“Each defendant is also charged with robbery – a robbery which happened just moments after the attack on Mr Daudher.
Mr Brown said the robbery related to an attack on Mr Daudher’s friend Zak Challenor.
He said: “At four minutes to 11pm on the night of March 31 last year that young man, Zak Challenor, turned to see five men running towards him as he stood by his car at a petrol station. He was there with his friend Pav.
“That group of five men are these five defendants say the prosecution.”
Mr Brown added: “The group of five men carried baseball bats, poles and at least one knife.
“They had masks covering their faces and their hoods were up.
“What occurred that night was a planned, organised and determined lethal attack and Pav Daudher died as a result of that attack.
“He was stabbed and bled to death.”
Watch: Police at the scene in Lockhurst Lane in April 2020
Mr Brown said that members of the jury would see CCTV footage of the attack.
He said: “You will see him clubbed on the threshold of a petrol garage shop where he tried to protect himself. He tried to protect himself and he couldn’t.”
The prosecutor also spoke of events that led to the attack, saying: “All this was to do with a perceived minor incident at the home of Ethan Lilley in the early hours of that morning, that was no more than a slight that led to this vicious attack.
“In revenge for a window being broken and things being shouted at the first defendant, Ethan Lilley.
“It was little more than an insult, albeit perhaps very unpleasant at the time.
“It appears both Pavandeep Daudher and Zak Challenor were involved in that.
“The terrible reality was that Pavandeep Daudher lost his life in return for abusive words and broken glass.”
Mr Brown also spoke about events following the petrol forecourt attack where Mr Challenor attempted to escape in his car.
He told how Mr Challenor’s Audi was pursued by a Ford Kuga, which rammed the Audi and led to Mr Challenor being trapped in the car.
Although his attackers were unable to effectively reach him, he was stabbed in the foot and his bag and jacket were stolen.
The Ford Kuga was subsequently “set on fire” according to Mr Brown.
The trial continues.