A 16-year-old boy has changed his plea and admitted murdering a man in Bedford’s Jubilee Park.
The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, had pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 25-year-old Ashish Sachdev Nahar at an earlier hearing in September.
But today at Luton crown court his barrister Charles Miskin KC asked for the murder charge to be put to him again.
The youth, who appeared on a video link from Feltham Young Offenders Institution, pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Nahar on Thursday, 29 June this year.
Mr Nahar, who lived in Owen Close, Kempston, suffered a single stab wound to the heart and was rushed to hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.
Judge Simon remanded the youth into custody and ordered a Youth Justice Report to be prepared on him. Sentencing is due to take place on 20 December.
At the time of his death, 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
Additional reporting by Paul Hutchinson for the Bedford Independent