Man ‘knifed to death over £40 drug debt’

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A MAN was am­bushed and stabbed to death by al­leged killers on moun­tain bikes out of re­venge for a £40 drug debt, a court heard.

Richard Hardy, 25, suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds in the “fe­ro­cious” at­tack in a res­i­den­tial area of Farn­bor­ough, Hamp­shire, in “broad day­light”.

Leroy Bosha, 27, of Farn­bor­ough; Hashim Sid­dique, 20, and his brother, Qasan Sid­dique, 22, both of Farn­bor­ough; and Omar Goodridge, 21, of Portsmouth, are all on trial charged with mur­der and an al­ter­na­tive charge of man­slaugh­ter.

A fifth de­fen­dant, Luther Archibald, 32, of Farn­bor­ough, has been found un­fit to stand trial and the jury at Portsmouth Crown Court has been tasked with es­tab­lish­ing if he com­mit­ted the of­fences.

Nigel Lick­ley QC, pros­e­cut­ing, said that the Sid­dique broth­ers ran a drugs sup­ply busi­ness, sell­ing heroin and crack co­caine.

He said that Mr Hardy had ar­ranged to pur­chase £20 worth of each of the drugs but had run off on a pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sion with­out pay­ing, lead­ing the Sid­dique broth­ers to plot their re­venge.

The de­fen­dants deny the charges and the trial con­tin­ues. SQUIRRELS for­get where they hide about half of their nuts

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