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Parents plead for 'adult' sentences for young killers

TRAGIC: Quamari and his mother Lillian Serunkuma

PARETS OF Quamari Barnes, the 15-year-old who was stabbed to death outside his school’s gates, have called for “adult” sentences for young killers in a bid to reduce knife crime.

Lillian Serunkuma and Paul Barnes spoke after their son’s 15-year-old killer was locked up for a minimum of 14 years. They said: "The reason I wanted it a bit longer was just to deter these kids from picking up a knife and using it on another boy."

"With stiffer sentences, young people would think "it's not worth it, let's have a water fight instead.".

Barnes added: "As far as I'm concerned if you are dong an adult crime you deserve an adult sentence. You hear he's a kid he's a kid. You have murdered someone. If you do that, in my eyes, you are not acting like a kid."

Ms Serunkuma described Quamari as a "lovely boy, very warm, very loving, very funny" who had nothing to do with gangs.

She said that her son, who was a Bob Marley fan, was also "extremely" loud, adding: "You always knew he was there."

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