St Neots man Kai Nazir pleads not guilty to murder and attempted murder as he appears at crown court

Cambridge Crown Court

Cambridge Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A 20-year-old from St Neots has denied a double-stabbing at Cambourne in which one man died and another was seriously injured.

Kai Nazir, of The Crescent, pleaded not guilty to four charges, which were put before him at Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday.

He is charged with murder, attempted murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and having a bladed article, all of which he denies.

Nazir, dressed in a black and white tracksuit top and grey jogging bottoms, sat in the dock in court one and spoke only to confirm his name and answer the charges during the 20-minute hearing.

The charges relate to an incident outside the Monkfield Arms pub, in Cambourne, at 12.35am on October 31, which left 30-year-old Chris West dead and Daniel Berryman, seriously injured. A post mortem examination revealed Mr West died as the result of a stab wound to the heart.

Judge David Farrell QC confirmed the trial would go ahead on July 2 and said it was likely to last for three weeks. A pre-trial review hearing is also being held on June 15 for which Nazir is expected to attend.

Judge Farrell remanded Nazir in custody.

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In the days after the incident, Mr West’s family described him as a “big and unique personality, whose immeasurable love for his wife, family and friends leave us all with the most treasured memories.”

Memorial and fund-raising events have been held to remember Mr West and support both families.

Members of Mr West’s family attended the court hearing and were visibly upset as the charges against Nazir were read out.