Life sentence for Derek Boateng murder on London bus

Derek Boateng Derek Boateng died on his 16th birthday, a day after being stabbed

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A teenager has been jailed for life for murdering a boy who died on his 16th birthday after being stabbed on a bus.

Derek Boateng was stabbed in Highbury, north London, on 23 April as he travelled home on the bus. He died the following day.

Shawn Green, 16, from Romford, Essex, had denied murder and claimed he acted in self-defence.

He was told he must serve a minimum of 12 years.

'Devastating consequences'

The Old Bailey heard Green boarded the crowded bus in Islington at about 15:00 BST.

Passengers screamed as he pulled out a kitchen knife and stabbed Derek in the chest, the court was told.

The victim was taken by air ambulance to Royal London Hospital but died the next day.

Tom Kark, prosecuting, said it was believed there had been a "previous dispute" between the two boys.

Derek, from Hackney, east London, had also produced a knife.

Judge Peter Thornton drew attention to the fact that the defendant had admitted to carrying the knife around the streets of London for six months before the murder.

"Every knife on the street represents a threat to the public," he said.

Following the jury's guilty verdict Judge Thornton lifted reporting restrictions to allow Green's name to be published.

Det Chief Insp Chris Jones said: "This dreadful tragedy has left a family grieving for a much-loved son, brother and friend who had everything to live for.

"The incident has also wrecked another teenager's life and Derek's 16-year-old attacker will now spend many years behind bars.

"It demonstrates the devastating consequences of carrying knives and the serious harm it has on our communities."

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