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Two teenagers jailed for luring boy into park and stabbing him to death

Two 14-year-old boys have been jailed for 13 and 12 years respectively for murdering 13-year-old Oliver Stephens on the 3rd of January.

Stephens was lured to Bugs Bottom field near his Emmer Green home in Reading, UK, before being stabbed to death.

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It’s understood that a girl, also aged 14, had convinced Oliver to venture into the park and lured him to the two teenagers.

The court heard that both boys had “grievances” with Oliver while the girl described any violence against Oliver as “Karma” in the run-up to his death.

The youngest of the two boys was sentenced for murder and perverting the course of justice after he admitted to disposing of clothes that he wore at the time of the attack.

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The older boy was sentenced for murder and two counts of perverting the course of justice after admitting to deleting apps from his mobile phone.

The girl pleaded guilty to manslaughter as well as perverting the course of justice by deleting data from her phone.

In a victim impact statement before the three teenagers, Oliver’s parents stated that they were “completely broken” while adding, “Olly trusted people too much, it was part of his make-up, it was part of his autism – it was why we loved him.”

His father Stuart stated, “We are strong enough to deal with most problems thrown our way but this has completely broken us.”

“He knew no sense of danger, he stood up for himself in a confrontation and was unable to back down, but was kind and loving.”

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