16-year-old admits Jubilee Park stabbing but pleads “not guilty” to murder

Ashish Sachdev Nahar who was murdered in Jubilee Park in June 2023
Ashish Sachdev Nahar died from a stab wound in June. Image: Bedfordshire Police

A 16-year-old boy has today (Thursday) admitted fatally stabbing a man in Bedford’s Jubilee Park in June.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, pleaded not guilty to the murder of 25-year-old Ashish Sachdev Nahar on Thursday, 29 June.

But, in front of a packed public gallery at Luton crown court, he pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.

Mr Nahar, who lived in Owen Close, Kempston, suffered a single stab wound to the heart at a quarter to nine at night.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Prosecutor Christopher Tehrani KC said: “The plea (to manslaughter) is not acceptable, but the matter will be fully reviewed. It is unlikely the plea will be accepted and a trial will be necessary.”

A trial is due to take place before a High Court Judge at Huntingdon crown court on 4 December.

Defence lawyer, Alesdair King said a psychiatric opinion is being sought on the defendant.

Judge Michael Simon remanded the youth into custody at Feltham Young Offenders Institution.

At the time Mr Nahar’s mother, Anita Nahar, paid tribute to him in a statement on behalf of the family: “Sadly my eldest son was taken from his loving family and friends at the tender age of 25.

“Ashish was a cheerful joyful young man who had all his life ahead of him. He always had a smile and never held a grudge. To those who met him he left a happy memory.

“Knife crime is sick and needs to stop. More action needs to be taken against those carrying weapons and more support for the victim’s family.

“Ashish was deeply loved and will forever be missed terribly.”

Reporting by South Beds News Agency
Edited by Paul Hutchinson for the Bedford Independent

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