Teenager handed life sentence after murdering former friend at birthday party

25/01/2017

A teenager has been handed a life sentence after being found guilty of stabbing to death a former friend outside a birthday party.

Aaron Gaiete, 17, stabbed Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, twice outside a sports centre in Woodford, east London, on 9 January 2016, before fleeing.

He was handed a life sentence at the Old Bailey today with a minimum of 14 years to serve after being found guilty of murder after a trial.

Elaine Cousins, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "The background to this senseless murder was a falling out between two teenagers.

"Gaiete claimed that he feared for his life as they met up and prepared to fight each other, and that he launched his attack in self-defence.

"But the prosecution was able to prove this was a lie. He was armed with a large knife, ready to do something exceptionally violent.

"Gaiete was caught on CCTV spinning around suddenly and viciously attacking Charlie twice without any warning and then chasing him until he fell to the ground.

"Charlie's family have been forced to relive the events during a trial which started on the first anniversary of his death and I hope the conviction and today's sentence provides some solace for their loss.

"This murder also underlines once again the tragic consequences of teenagers carrying knives on the streets of London."