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Christopher Barry

Christopher Barry

Christopher Barry

A TEENAGE boy appeared in court today charged with the murder of an Irishman who died after a "verbal altercation" with a group of youngsters in London.

Christopher Barry (53), also known as Jack, was stabbed at his home in Edmonton, north London, on Sunday evening after he was said to have been involved in an incident with a group trying to get into a party at another address in the block of flats.

CUSTODY

A 13-year-old was charged with his murder last night and has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court, Scotland Yard said.

Four boys - three aged 14 and one 13 - arrested on suspicion of murder must return to an east London police station on a date in late January pending further inquiries, police said.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of Mr Barry's death to be a stab wound to the chest.

Mr Barry is believed to have become involved in an argument with a group of boys at the entry area to the flats where he lived in The Broadway.

He was followed into the building by two of the boys and stabbed, police said.

Ambulance crews quickly attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene. shortly before 8.40pm last Sunday.

Detective Chief Inspector Neale Baldock, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our initial inquiries have established that there was a supervised party taking place at another address within the block and the group of males were trying to gain access to this.

"The victim and this group were not known to each other - what started as a minor verbal altercation escalated into a shocking act of violence."

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