Gary Scott murder: Man jailed for life for stabbing teenager

Adrian Carpenter Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Adrian Carpenter was convicted of murder at Woolwich Crown Court on Wednesday

A man who argued with a teenager on a basketball court before stabbing him to death has been given a life sentence.

Adrian Carpenter, 30, was ordered to serve at least 23 years for the murder of 17-year-old Gary Scott in Finsbury Park, north London, in December 2015.

Jermaine Reid, 28, who fled from the scene with Carpenter, was found guilty of manslaughter and drug offences and jailed for 12 years.

Gary's family said "too much young life is being lost".

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Image caption Gary Scott was stabbed to death in December last year

Gary, known as GJ and from Tottenham, had been at a friend's 18th birthday party in Enfield before meeting up with Carpenter and Reid at about 21:00 GMT, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

He was found in Marquis Road, Finsbury Park, at about 23:00 on 1 December with multiple stab wounds.

The teenager was taken to a central London hospital but later died.

Image caption Forensics experts investigating the scene where Gary died
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Image caption Jermaine Reid was found guilty of manslaughter and drug offences

Carpenter and Reid, both from Victoria Road, Stroud Green, fled the scene and were arrested two days later having been traced to an address in Essex.

They were interviewed by police but gave no comment to all questions asked. Carpenter later admitted carrying a knife and stabbing Gary, although he denied murder.

Det Ch Insp Nicola Wall, who led the investigation, said: "This underlines the danger and risk involved in carrying knives. A young man has tragically lost his life."

Gary had been studying mechanics at college and was described as "a good boy" by his mother Annette Gill.

His family said: "Our kids should be burying us, not us burying our kids."

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