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Teens sentenced for murder of schoolboy

|News, Violent crime

Three teenagers have been sentenced for the murder of a 15-year-old boy. 

The youths, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sentenced yesterday (17 December 2020) at Warwick Crown Court for the murder of the boy.

During the early evening of 5 February 2020, the boy met up with friends in Riley Square, Coventry. Whilst there he encountered one of the defendants who stared at him and circled him on a bike before cycling off to recruit his co-defendants. They then returned to the area and launched a ferocious attack on the boy. He was stabbed 18 times, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The defendants were arrested within days and were all convicted of murder on 14 December following the trial at Warwick Crown Court. They have each been sentenced to detention during Her Majesty’s pleasure with a minimum term of 16 years’ imprisonment. 

Sean Kyne of the CPS said: “This is a tragic case that highlights the dangers and consequences of knife crime. The victim was just a child who was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he encountered the defendants. The reasons for the attack remains unknown, but what we do know is that the defendant’s actions have robbed the victim of his future, and caused unimaginable pain to his family. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family for the terrible loss they have suffered."

Notes to editors

  • Sean Kyne is a Senior District Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.

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