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Tuesday, 27 August, 2002, 15:14 GMT 16:14 UK
Boys guilty of drugs debt murder
Old Bailey
An Old Bailey jury found the boys guilty of murder
Two teenagers who stabbed a boy to death over a 10 drugs debt have been warned they face life sentences.

The boys, aged 14 and 16 at the time, attacked Abdul Maye as he left his east London school after finishing a mock GCSE exam.

They claimed the 15-year-old owed them 10 for cannabis.

An Old Bailey jury found the boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, guilty of murder.

'Loss of face'

Judge Paul Focke warned: "I must make it plain I can only pass one sentence of detention during Her Majesty's pleasure, so no-one is unaware of it."

Abdul was attacked and stabbed in the back as he stood outside his school with friends on 7 December 2001.

The older youth lunged at him with a knife and Adbul appeared to deflect it with his hand.

But the younger boy was standing behind Abdul and plunged the knife into his back - piercing his heart.

Probation reports

Susan Edwards, prosecuting QC, told the court that as Abdul collapsed into the road his friends chased the teenagers who had been harassing him for the debt.

She said the non-payment of the 10 for some cannabis had resulted in "a considerable loss of face".

The youths, who had denied murder, did not attend the same school as Abdul, Miss Edwards said, but they were frequently seen hanging around.

They had also been in the playground and youth centre threatening him.

On a previous occasion, CS gas was sprayed in Abdul's face and he was challenged to a fight, Miss Edwards said.

After the attack, the younger boy said: "It's done, it's done" as he pulled the knife out, she told the jury.

The judge adjourned sentencing until 30 September for further psychological and probation service reports.


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