Thursday 14 November 2019

Boy (13) who killed Irishman jailed for 11 years jail

Christopher Barry
Christopher Barry

Emily Pennink

ONE of the youngest children ever to plead guilty to murder has been locked up for a minimum of 11 years for the killing of an Irishman in London.

The 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to stabbing 53-year-old Christopher Barry twice in the chest outside his home in Edmonton, north London, on December 14 last year.

The court heard the boy had left a 13th birthday party with a group of friends, but returned to the wrong block of flats and came across Mr Barry, and his girlfriend Sabrina Finn.

When the victim refused to let his killer into the building, there was "pushing and shoving", the court heard.

The defendant produced a kitchen knife from his rucksack and demanded, "What you saying now? What you saying now?", before stabbing Mr Barry twice.

Mr Barry only noticed his wounds when he removed his jacket inside his flat and saw blood on his shirt. He then went into cardiac arrest and died.

The court heard that the boy had texted one friend telling him to inform anyone who asked that he had not been at the flat. He had told another he was going to prison. The boy was a member of a North London gang and had been excluded from a school after he was found carrying a knife.

The girlfriend of Mr Barry, who was known as Jack and was originally from Cobh, Co Cork, attended the sentencing.

Ms Finn said in a victim impact statement she would never be the same again following the horrific ordeal.

"Jack and I had four happy years together and this young man has taken that away from me. Jack saved my life last year when I had a serious medical condition which required emergency surgery. I could not do the same for him."

The boy's mother wept in court as Judge Stephen Kramer sentenced her son to be detained for at least 11 years.

The judge said he was taking into account the boy's remorse.

Irish Independent

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