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Leighton Amies: Who is the teenager convicted of murdering boy in knife attack?

Francesca Casonato
Monday 17 April 2023 18:42 BST
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Leighton Amies: Who is the teenager convicted for killing boy in knife attack?

Northumbria Police released the picture of Leighton Amies, 15, after he was convicted of killing 14-year-old Tomasz Oleszak.

Leighton Amies claimed he was attacked while walking a friend home through Whitehills Nature Park, and said he did not know he had stabbed Oleszak in the chest.

Prosecutors said his claim of being attacked was a lie and a jury at Newcastle Crown Court found him guilty of murder on Monday 17 April.

“There is a public interest in trying to deflect young people from the carrying of knives, when that happens, this kind of utterly tragic outcome can occur”, said Judge Justice Spencer.

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