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Teenager sentenced for 'pure evil' murder of Quamari Barnes

RIP: Quamari Barnes

A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced for stabbing to death another teenager outside his school gates in an act described as "pure evil".

Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, also 15, was chased and stabbed three times outside Capital City Academy in Willesden, west London, in January.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of murder after a trial at the Old Bailey and was detained for at least 14 years.

According to the BBC, following the trial, the boy admitted attacking Quasar.

In a statement, he said: "I don't know why I did it. I was scared and confused. I'm telling the truth for Quamari's mum and dad. I'm sorry. I didn't mean Quamari to get so hurt. I'm not a murderer. I didn't want him to die."

"I want to have a different life but I don't know how. I'm trying." In a statement read out in court, Quamari's mother Lillian Serunkuma described the killer's actions as "pure evil".

"You never gave Quamari a second chance to defend himself. You took his life in a cold and malicious way."

She said her son had a "fun loving spirit" and his life was stolen for "no reason", adding what the teenager did was "indefensible".

Judge John Bevan QC said it was "infinitely depressing" to sentence a young person for such a serious crime. "It is very unusual to admit a murder after conviction. It is a mature decision rather than taking your chances in the Court of Appeal."

But he added: "This is a bad case of its kind because Quamari can have done nothing to merit an attack of this severity. His death was a product of a total lack of self control combined with the cowardice of knifing an unarmed victim."

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