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Boy kills over slur on Facebook

Wesley Johnson and John-Paul Ford Rojas

Published 23/06/2010 | 05:00

A 16-YEAR-OLD boy who fatally stabbed a former friend over a "loss of face" after they traded insults on Facebook has been detained for at least 14 years.

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The killer, who was 15 at the time, knifed Salum Kombo in the chest because he called him a "pussy".

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith, who passed sentence at Southwark Crown Court, London, said: "This was quite simply an act of cowardice, as so many stabbings are."

Mr Kombo (18) bled to death near the scene of the attack in east London last December.

The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, later admitted the stabbing but claimed he was acting in self-defence.

However, a jury found him guilty of murder.

Irish Independent

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