Sunday 4 December 2016

Woman who killed teenager over pasta is jailed for life

Published 27/04/2016 | 20:15

Alfie Stone. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Alfie Stone. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Maxine Benson, 32, who has been jailed at the Old Bailey for life with the minimum of 23 years and six months for stabbing 18-year-old Alfie Stone to death in a petty row over pasta. Photo: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

A woman has been jailed for life with the minimum of 23 years and six months for stabbing a teenager to death in a petty row over pasta.

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Maxine Benson, 32, launched an attack on 18-year-old Alfie Stone after making accusations that he or his older brother had eaten her food.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, Benson was found guilty of murdering Alfie outside a Tesco Express in High Road, Ickenham, west London, on November 9 last year.

The court had heard that Benson was captured on CCTV wielding the knife and was also witnessed by members of the public who rushed to give Alfie first aid.

Afterwards, the defendant, of no fixed address, fled the scene but handed herself in to police two days later.

Alfie died within hours and a post-mortem examination gave the cause as blood loss and a stab wound to the heart.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicky Wall, from Scotland Yard, said: "Alfie Stone was a much- loved young man who lost his life in tragic circumstances; today the court has reached a decision on Benson and we welcome the outcome."

Benson's co-defendants, Corinne Cripps, 29, of High Road, Ickenham, and her boyfriend, Steve Hawgood, 28 of Kingston Avenue, West Drayton, were cleared of murder.

The jury could not reach a verdict on a charge of manslaughter and a decision on whether both will face a retrial is awaited.

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