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Masked 15-year-old boy who stabbed classmate to death for no reason sentenced as an adult

By Mason White 12:45 PM September 7, 2017
Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes with his mother
Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes with his mother
By: Tanya Clark

A couple asked a judge to hand a teenage boy a long prison sentence for brutally killing their son.

Lillian Serunkuma and Paul Barnes London were happy when the judge sentenced the 15-year-old boy as an adult for killing their son, Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, who was also 15.

The killer, who has not been named for legal reasons, was ordered to serve 14 years in prison after he was found guilty of murder.

On the day of the incident, the teenage killer armed himself with a knife and covered his face. He was waiting for the kids to leave Capital City Academy in Willesden, at about 3:30 p.m.

He then attacked the victim. Serunkuma-Barnes ran away, but the suspect caught up to him and stabbed him three times with a serrated military-style knife.

Serunkuma-Barnes was rushed to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Nurse Alice Burke testified in court that the victim identified his attacker when she sang with him as he lied dying in St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

Burke cried in court as she recounted how she sang Bob Marley’s song don’t worry about a thing with victim before his condition deteriorated.

After he was found guilty, the suspect came clean and admitted to the crime.

He then told the court: “I want to say that I’m sorry for what I did. I don’t know why I did it. I was scared and confused. I’m telling the truth for Quamari’s mum and dad. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean Quamari to get so hurt.

“I’m not a murderer. I’m not a wasteman. I didn’t want him to die. I want to have a different life, but I don’t know how. I’m trying.”

Serunkuma-Barnes’ parents said that they wanted the tough sentence to deter others from carrying knives. The boy’s father said that sometimes kids stabs others over trivial things.

With stiffer sentences, he hopes young people will realize it’s not worth it.

Judge John Bevan QC said it was “infinitely depressing” to sentence a young person for such a serious crime.

The judge also praised the teen for taking responsibility for his actions by admitting to the crime rather than taking his chances in the Court of Appeal.