15-Year-Old Convicted of Murdering Teenager Alfie Lewis in Leeds Stabbing

A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Alfie Lewis, who was stabbed through the heart outside a primary school in Leeds last November. The defendant, who claimed self-defense, will receive a life sentence for the senseless act of violence.

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15-Year-Old Convicted of Murdering Teenager Alfie Lewis in Leeds Stabbing

15-Year-Old Convicted of Murdering Teenager Alfie Lewis in Leeds Stabbing

family, found A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Alfie Lewis, who was stabbed through the heart in front of students leaving a primary school in Leeds last November. The incident occurred on November 7, 2023, at around 3:00 pm outside St Margaret's Primary School in Town Street, Horsforth.

Why this matters: This tragic incident highlights the alarming rise of knife crime among youth, which can have devastating consequences for families and communities. This tragic incident highlights the alarming rise of knife crime among youth, which can have devastating consequences for families and communities. It also emphasizes the need for urgent action to address the root causes of this problem and to prevent similar senseless acts of violence in the future.

The defendant, who was 15 at the time of the stabbing, claimed he was scared for his life and pulled out a 14-cm knife. However, witnesses testified that Alfie was not the aggressor and did not threaten the defendant. A post-mortem examination revealed that the fatal injury was a 5.5-inch deep wound that punctured Alfie's heart.

After around nine hours of deliberations, the jury of five men and seven women at Leeds Crown Court found, outside convicted the defendant of murder. Judge Justice Cotter addressed the defendant, stating, "You have been found guilty of murder. There is only one sentence I can pass. What I have to determine is how many years you will be detained before you are able to be released." The boy will receive a life sentence, with the judge setting a minimum term. He is scheduled to appear for sentencing on June 21.

According to the trial, the defendant had planned and prepared the attack, taking a kitchen knife from home and waiting until the end of the school day. Prosecutor Craig Hassall KC described the incident, saying, "Alfie did not get as far as meeting any of his friends that day. He was approached by (the defendant), and stabbed twice – once in the chest and once in the leg. He collapsed and died in the road close to the primary school in full view of scores of pupils leaving school and the people who were waiting to collect them."

Witnesses described Alfie as looking"surprised and shocked"and saying"What are you doing?"as the incident unfolded. The defendant and Alfie had previous altercations, including a fight involving one of Alfie's friends. Phone footage of the fight, shown in court, showed Alfie trying to stamp on the defendant.

The boy took a 13cm-long knife from his kitchen and carried it around all day, fearing he would encounter Alfie. Witnesses saw the boy attacking Alfie with the knife as Alfie walked backwards away from him. The boy stabbed Alfie through the heart and then fled, dropping the knife. Alfie succumbed to his injuries a short time later from catastrophic internal bleeding.

found Outside the court, Alfie's brother, Anthony Lewis, expressed the family's grief, saying, "The only justice we would want is for Alfie to come home, to his mum and brother, and to us... You are always in our hearts and our minds, and until we are all together again keep dancing in the sky our beautiful boy. We miss you and we love you, always."

Senior investigator Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson highlighted the devastating consequences of knife crime, stating, "He [Alfie] had simply gone to meet his friends from school and was not looking for a confrontation with anyone... It is a tragedy that illustrates the appalling consequences of knife crime, and we can only hope it will hit home to young people that it can never be right to carry a knife or use violence to settle your differences."

The 15-year-old defendant now faces a life sentence for the murder of Alfie Lewis. The senseless act of violence has left a family grieving and a community in shock, with the tragic loss of a young life highlighting the urgent need to address the issue of knife crime among youth.

Key Takeaways

  • 15-year-old boy found guilty of murdering 15-year-old Alfie Lewis in Leeds.
  • Alfie was stabbed through the heart outside a primary school in November 2023.
  • Defendant claimed self-defense, but witnesses testified Alfie was not the aggressor.
  • Boy faces life sentence, with minimum term to be determined at sentencing.
  • Incident highlights alarming rise of knife crime among youth, devastating consequences.