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Teenager 'murdered man over Facebook insults'

A police officer at the scene of the stabbing in Bow, east London
Salum Kombo bled to death in the street

A 15-year-old boy fatally stabbed a former friend over a "loss of face" after they traded insults on Facebook, the Old Bailey has been told.

The teenager stabbed 18-year-old Salum Kombo in the chest for the "pathetic" reason that he had made a derogatory remark about him, jurors were told.

Mr Kombo bled to death near the scene of the alleged attack in Bromley-by-Bow, east London, in December 2009.

The defendant, now 16, who cannot be named, denies murder.

The jury was told he was arrested on the day of the attack and said he was acting in self-defence.

'Petty dispute'

David Jeremy QC, prosecuting, said it was a case in which "a young man has lost his life by being stabbed following a petty dispute and a perceived loss of face by the perpetrator".

"That was the pathetic reason as to why this terrible event happened," said Mr Jeremy.

He said that a friendship between Mr Kombo and the defendant had turned to "hostility" and they had a fight last summer after a football match.

The court heard that on the evening of 20 December the defendant met friends outside a fish bar and was "angry" and talked about stabbing Mr Kombo.

When Mr Kombo turned up, they exchanged words and walked off, apparently either to talk through their differences or settle them in a fight, jurors were told.

As they did so the defendant "without any warning" pulled out a knife from his pocket and stabbed Mr Kombo to the upper chest, Mr Jeremy said.

The trial continues.

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