A 16-year-old ‘admitted’ stabbing another adolescent,Abdul Aziz Ansari to death in drill rap lyrics he wrote in prison while awaiting trial, according to a court.
Prosecutors said the teen defendant wrote about knives, drugs, his territory, and ‘dashing and ducking down youths from other territories’ in an attempt to be Feltham Young Offenders’ “big man.”
But, in court, the young man told jurors that he only wrote the lyrics to ‘fit in with everyone else.’
He is charged with the murder of Abdul Aziz Ansari on May 5 at Reading Crown Court.
The teenage defendant denies the offence and cannot be identified due to his age.
He said he had seen Mr Ansari with a person who he believed was part of a gang called the Sevens and said he felt he might be targeted because it was thought that he was a member of a rival gang called the DBs, which he denied.
‘I thought they were looking for anyone who was in the opposite gang’, the defendant told the court today.
Jurors were shown video footage of Mr Ansari, who was aged 18, cycling outside a parade of shops on Trelawney Avenue in Slough.
Mr. Ansari can be seen getting off his bike and running towards the teen defendant, who is holding a large knife.
As Mr Ansari backed up and extended his hands, the teenager took two steps forward before lunging and burying the knife 12 centimetres into Mr Ansari’s chest, penetrating his heart.
‘I did not intend to hurt him badly, I just intended to poke his shoulder. I thought it would make him back away’, the teenager said.
‘I did not notice how deadly the knife was at the time.’
Ian Hope, prosecuting, told the teenager: ‘You knew how deadly it could be from the drill lyrics you like listening to and writing.
‘You were aggressive and you were playing the big man in front of your friends, showing off in front of your friends with your knife.
‘Whilst sitting in Feltham, waiting for the trial, you wrote those lyrics about knives and drugs and your territory and dashing and ducking down youths from other territories.
‘You were trying to be the big man in Feltham when you were writing those lyrics.’
Responding, the teenager said: ‘I was trying to fit in with everyone else’.
Mr Hope questioned: ‘You stuck your knife into Aziz Ansari to fit in? That is why he is dead, because of your image on the street. That is why you have admitted it in the lyrics.’
The teenager said he had stabbed Mr Ansari because he feared being attacked and added: ‘Everything I wrote in the lyrics is to try and make myself seem like someone I am really not. I am actually upset about what happened.’
Defending attorney Stan Reiz KC drew the jurors’ attention to other lyrics in which the boy wrote ‘we ain’t never been on this gang ting’ and ‘only been on this racks thing,’ which the boy said meant he wasn’t part of a gang but just wanted to make money.
Judge Heather Norton told the jury that they had the right to consider the drill rap lyrics discovered in the teenager’s cell.
During the trial, jurors heard from a drill music expert.
The judge said: ‘The defendant says he wrote the lyrics himself except for one page which he says he wrote in collaboration with another. He refers to the circumstances of the offence of May 5, what happened, his feelings about it and his arrest. However, other pages refer to violence which he says was made up.
‘He said some words or phrases were used simply because they were the words or phrases that fitted in. You have heard that there is a standard drill ‘tool kit’ that is a list of words or phrases.
‘The defendant told you that he wrote the lyrics in order to fit in and to try to make himself look cool and to big himself up. You must decide which parts if any of these pages of lyrics refer to the events of May 5 and to what event you are sure that they are a truthful admission by the defendant of what he did.
‘Be careful not to allow yourself to be prejudiced by the subject matter and nature of drill music. You have heard that drill music is often unapologetically vulgar and vicious but it is a legitimate and well-known musical genre.
‘If you are sure that the defendant is giving a truthful account of what happened and why, you are entitled to take those pages into account.’
The trial continues.