10 years for teenager who killed school­boy love ri­val

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

A TEENAGER who stabbed his school­boy love ri­val to death in the street has been locked up for 10 years.

A judge who sen­tenced the 17-year-old over the death of Ir­fan Wahid de­scribed the killing as a “clas­sic and tragic ex­am­ple” of the dan­gers of young peo­ple car­ry­ing knives.

Ir­fan died from a sin­gle stab wound dur­ing a fight at a bus stop on Hare­hills Lane, Leeds, on Fe­bru­ary 10. A jury heard Ir­fan and his killer had fought over the af­fec­tions of a school­girl they both had feel­ings for.

The de­fen­dant, who can­not be named, had be­gun car­ry­ing a knife with him in his bag in the weeks be­fore the in­ci­dent.

Ju­rors heard that Ir­fan got off his school bus and at­tacked his ri­val af­ter see­ing him with the girl.

The de­fen­dant then took a kitchen knife from his bag and stabbed Ir­fan once to the chest. The in­ci­dent hap­pened as Hare­hills Lane was busy with shop­pers, par­ents col­lect­ing chil­dren from school and teenagers mak­ing their way home.

A jury found the de­fen­dant not guilty of mur­der but guilty of man­slaugh­ter af­ter a trial last month. He was sen­tenced to 10 years de­ten­tion.

Judge Ge­of­frey Mar­son, QC, said: “You were not car­ry­ing it (the knife) as part of gang cul­ture. Had you not been car­ry­ing it, this would have been a fist fight and, although un­pleas­ant would likely have re­sulted in lit­tle in­jury to any­one.

“The car­ry­ing of knives by youths is a se­ri­ous prob­lem for the pub­lic and the courts.

“All too fre­quently it re­sults in se­ri­ous in­jury or death, even if un­in­tended.”

The court heard the de­fen­dant had writ­ten a let­ter to the judge ex­press­ing his re­morse.

It read: “I would like you to know that I un­der­stand and ac­cept that I need to be pun­ished for my ac­tions.

“A young man who had his life ahead of him has lost his life be­cause of me.

“I made the worst de­ci­sion ever to take a knife. I wish I had never taken it – this would never have hap­pened.”

Main picture, Xan­der Par­ish is the first Bri­ton to a prin­ci­pal dancer at Rus­sia’s Mari­in­sky Bal­let; in­set, dancers Sa­muel Percy and Natasha Richard­son with Vanessa Hooper and Kevin O’Hare.

Died of sin­gle stab wound af­ter 17-year-old at­tacked him with kitchen knife.

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