A teen boy has appeared in court accused of attempted murder.

The 15-year-old from Oxford, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke only to confirm his name as he stood in the dock at Oxford Crown Court on Friday morning.

Two other co-defendants, both aged 16 and from Banbury, were not present at the plea and trial preparation hearing.

The trio are said by prosecutors to have been involved in stabbing Danils Bogdancevs, 21, in the chest and spine in the People’s Park, Banbury, on the afternoon of Saturday, June 11.

Alleged victim Mr Bogdancevs was taken to hospital in Oxford, where last month he was said to have been in a ‘stable’ condition.

The case appeared before Oxford Crown Court on Friday morning. Only one of the three youths, a 15-year-old boy from Oxford who is on bail, was in the dock – the two 16-year-olds from Banbury, who were remanded into custody by the district judge at the magistrates’ court last month, were not in court.

Judge Ian Pringle QC adjourned the case until September 2, when the three defendants are expected to enter their pleas to charges of attempted murder.  

The trial is expected to last up to four weeks. A trial date will be fixed at the end of August.

The defendants were represented by Warwick Aleeson, Kellie Enever and Esther Schutzer-Weissmann. The latter appeared over the court’s video link system.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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