A teenage boy who found his sister’s secret boyfriend hiding at their home, stabbed him to death, a jury heard.
The 16-year-old-youth had arrived unexpectedly at the family’s detached home in Watford and, after searching his sister’s bedroom, found 18 year old Risaan Udayakumar crouching in a corner of the garage attached to the detached house, it’s claimed.
There it’s alleged he stabbed the older teenager, causing fatal wounds.
The accused, who is now 17 and can’t be named for legal reasons, pleads not guilty to murdering Risaan on the evening of Tuesday July 10 last year.
At the time of the killing, the brother and sister’s parents were out of the country on holiday.
St Albans Crown Court was told they had given strict instructions that the brother and his 19 year old sister were not to have friends round to the house.
They had also arranged for adult relatives to check on the house “to keep an eye” on the children, said prosecutor Michael Speak.
The jury was told that because of the parents’ “strict views” about relationships, their 19 year old daughter, who was studying at university, had decided not to tell them or her family that she was in a relationship with Mr Udayakumar, who was also on a degree course.
Instead, she introduced him as someone who was “just a friend” and kept secret the fact they had been in a boyfriend and girlfriend relationship for around four months.
Mr Speak said she feared that, if they found out, her parents would try to “discourage the relationship.”
The court was the told how on July 7 this year, despite the parents’ ban on their children having friends at the house while they were away, it was arranged that some friends of the daughter, including the deceased, would come round to watch the football on television.
The jury heard on that occasion the brother had met Mr Risaan with the two pumping fists together in a friendly gesture.
Then, three days later on Tuesday July 10, the sister met Mr Udayakumar, who lived with his parents in Wembley, when he stepped off a train at Watford Railway Station.
Her brother was not at home and the pair walked back to the house.
Mr Speak told the court that for security reasons internal doors at the home were lockable and the girl had her own bedroom and bathroom.
That evening, she hid Risaan in the garage when an uncle called by the house to check everything was okay.
When he left, the girl and Risaan were together in her bedroom and the internal doors had been locked.
Mr Speak said the couple had been in the bedroom for about half an hour when they heard a door in the house being knocked hard.
The jury was told how the sister, fearing how her brother might react on finding Risaan in her room, hid him in the garage.
She then opened a door to her brother, said the prosecutor, who told the jury: “As soon a she saw him it was clear to her that he was very angry and he pushed her out of the way. He was clearly looking for someone so he must have suspected she must have someone in the room.”
The jury was told he was shouting: “Where is he…Where is he?” and “Who is with you?”
Mr Speak went on: “Having searched the bedroom and bathroom and having failed to find Risaan, the defendant went into the garage and there he found Risaan, who was down in a corner at the front of the garage. He was sitting down in a corner by the front door.”
The court was told the sister had followed her brother into the garage and then saw him set about her boyfriend by “hitting” him as he remained crouched on the floor.
The jury was told the victim offered no resistance and only raised his arms to shield his face.
At one point, said the prosecutor, the sister noticed the “look of fear” on Risaan’s face as the 16 year old boy angrily screamed “Get out of the house, what are you doing!?”
The prosecutor said the girl had no idea that in fact her brother had armed himself with a knife.
“When she saw her brother hitting Risaan several times, he was in fact stabbing him with the knife.
Mr Speak said when the sister tried to get between the two teenagers she realised blood was coming from Risaan’s mouth, there was blood in his shirt and a pool of blood was forming on the ground.
It was only then that she realised he had been stabbed and saw a knife in the hand of her brother.
The jury was told Risaan had suffered a two stab wounds to the upper left side of his chest in the area of his armpit.
A passerby in the street that evening had heard screaming coming from inside the house and had made a 999 call as a result.
He went into the property and found Risaan in the garage with the girl, who told him he was her boyfriend.
Mr Speak said that while there, the man heard the girl ask her brother “Why did you do this? You have a girlfriend” to which he replied he was “sorry.”
Police attended the scene and the brother was arrested and taken into custody.
Mr Udayakumar was rushed to Watford General Hospital, but nothing could be done to save him and he was pronounced dead at 10.41 that evening.
His death was due to a stab wound to the chest.