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Stratford Park stabbing: Man jailed for killing

Mario Albino Te Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Mario Albino Te was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey

A man has been jailed for stabbing a 20-year-old to death in front of families in a busy east London park.

Bradley Dos Reis Pais Quaresma died after a fight broke out between a large group of men in Stratford Park in West Ham Lane on 21 July 2016.

Mario Albino Te, 21, of no fixed address, was found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey and jailed for 11 years and six months.

He had been charged with murder but was found not guilty.

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Image caption Mr Quaresma's family said the 20-year-old had planned to go to university to study architecture

The court heard young children were in the park enjoying the afternoon sun when the attack occurred.

Mr Quaresma, a Portuguese national who had been in contact with Te in the days leading up to the killing, was stabbed in the neck and chest and died at the scene.

The next morning Te boarded a train at St Pancras International Station but was detained by French police when he arrived in Paris and returned to the UK.

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Image caption The fight broke out as families enjoyed the summer sun in the east London park

Mr Quaresma's family have paid tribute to the 20 year old, calling him "an adorable, charismatic, understanding and true companion".

"Not a day goes by that Bradley is not remembered for his infectious smile, his love for his family and his good heart", they said.

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