Britain’s youngest killers sentenced for 11 years in jail.
One of Britain’s youngest killers was jailed today for stabbing a builder to death after leaving a 13th birthday party. he 13-year-old boy stabbed Christopher Barry twice in the chest outside his home in Edmonton in north London. He left the party with a group of friends to make sure another boy got safely onto a bus home. But on their way back to the party, they went to the wrong block of flats and bumped into Christopher Barry who was with his girlfriend. Mr Barry tried to stop them getting in the building, but the boy slipped past. He followed Christopher Barry into the lift where he produced a kitchen knife from his rucksack and said:
What you saying now? What you saying now? (UNNAMED BOY)
Mr Barry did not know straightaway that he was hurt, and realized only when he took off his wax jacket inside his flat and noticed blood on his shirt.
Shortly afterwards, he collapsed in a pool of blood and had a heart attack. Meanwhile, the boy texted one friend to say:
Ok, if anyone asks, I wasn’t there today.
The girlfriend of Christopher Barry was at today’s sentencing. In a victim impact statement she said:
I’m back at work now and although I walk, talk and look the same as I did before, inside I’m tired and my heart is broken. Jack and I had four happy years together and this young man has taken that away from me.
Jack saved my life last year when I had a serious medical condition which required emergency surgery. I could not do the same for him.
The boy’s mother wept in court as the judge sentenced her son to at least 11 years in jail.
You are only 13 years old but shortly after 7.30pm on the evening of December 14 2014, you were carrying a knife in your bag. You wanted to get into a block of flats but you went to the wrong block with tragic consequences for everyone involved.
Judge Kramer refused an application by the press to lift a legal ban on naming the boy, saying there were exceptional circumstances.