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Young people as victims and witnesses

Being a victim or a witness to a crime is not easy, but we work hard to bring offenders to justice. Throughout the justice process we will support young victims and witnesses and treat them with dignity.

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Youth crime

The Crown Prosecution Service acts in partnership with other agencies such as the police, the youth justice board, children's services, courts and youth offending teams. Each area of the CPS has a youth justice specialist who oversees the prosecution of youth crime in their area.

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Prosecuting Homicide

Murder and manslaughter are two of the offences that constitute homicide.

Manslaughter can be committed in one of three ways:

  1. killing with the intent for murder but where there is provocation, diminished responsibility or a suicide pact.
  2. conduct that was grossly negligent given the risk of death, and resulted in death.
  3. conduct, taking the form of an unlawful act involving a danger of some harm, that caused death.

With some exceptions, the crime of murder is committed, where a person:

  • of sound mind and discretion (i.e. sane):
  • unlawfully kills (i.e. not self-defence or other justified killing)
  • any reasonable creature (human being)
  • in being (born alive and breathing through its own lungs)
  • under the Queen's Peace
  • with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.

There are other specific homicide offences, for example, infanticide, causing death by dangerous driving, and corporate manslaughter.

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Teenager guilty of stabbing schoolboy to death outside school gates


A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of chasing and stabbing another boy to death outside the gates of his school.

The boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was found guilty by a jury at the Central Criminal Court today [30 June].

Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, also 15, was chased and stabbed three times by a masked person outside the Capital City academy in Willesden on January 23. He died in hospital later that day.

Rob Davis from the CPS said: "CCTV showed a figure lying in wait for Quamari wearing dark clothing.

"The defendant denied he was the masked killer, but the prosecution argued that Quamari recognised his murderer, and said his first name to a nurse before he died.

"Mobile phone cell site evidence confirmed that the defendant was in the area at the time of the stabbing.

"He was also recognised by one of the schoolchildren who witnessed the horrific attack.
"Our thoughts are with Quamari's family and friends."

Sentencing will take place on 4 September.


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