Judge John Bevan QC of the London judicial Crown Court sentenced a 15-year old boy today, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to at least 14 years imprisonment for the murder of one of his classmates. The mother of the victim described the attacker as ‘pure evil’.
On 23 January, after school had ended, the killer put on a mask and waited for Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes, the victim, outside the doors of the Capital City Academy in London, a school specialized in sports and the arts.
Upon seeing the victim, the murderer chased him with a large kitchen knife in his hand. Quamari shouted for help, but was quickly caught up with by the perpetrator who stabbed him three times.
Quamari had lost a lot of blood upon his arrival in hospital and died of his wounds a few hours after. Though he hid his face with a mask, witnesses to the attack recognised the murdered who was arrested the next day.
The motive remains unknown till this day, though the boy carrying out the attack admitted he knew Quamari.
The prosecutor declared in court that: “It is not accepted that Quamari was anything to do with any sort of gang. Information from the school painted a picture of a happy, hardworking, well-liked and sociable boy.”
Both parents wept as the judge read out the judgment. The mother of the victim, Ms Lillian Serunkuma addressed the murderer directly in her witness testimony: “You never gave Quamari a second chance to defend himself. You took his life in a cold and malicious way.”
The defendant meanwhile, had already faced a string of convictions. He did express remorse, and said: “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.”
The father of the victim, Mr Paul Barnes declared to the press after the judgment was read out that he was happy with the jail time, but had hoped for a longer sentence to ‘deter the kids’.