Children under 10 could be called as witnesses to the violent death of a 15-year-old boy at Salt Hill Park, a judge heard on Wednesday.

The youngsters could be quizzed on how teenager Elton Gashaj died from a single stab wound to his chest on Saturday afternoon following a reported argument.

Judge Heather Norton told the 15-year-old defendant who is charged with murdering Elton that he would be remanded to a youth detention centre before returning to Reading Crown Court court on October 23 to enter a formal plea. A provisional trial date was set for March 2 - it is expected to last two weeks.

Murder squad detectives who descended on Salt Hill Park in Slough after the attack recovered three knives at the scene it was revealed, one of them described as a 'hunter-style' knife.

The 15-year-old charged with Elton's murder appeared in court with short brown hair and wearing a grey prison jumper. He waved to his father as he was led out of the dock.

The teenage defendant’s family and Elton’s father and friends sat on opposite sides of the public gallery at Reading Crown Court and listened intently to what was being said.

Prosecutor Lisa Goddard told the court: “This case obviously involves young people. Potentially there are witnesses younger than 10 years old. We do have a video recording of a 12-year-old.”