London, UK – A 17-year-old teenager has been convicted of murder after chasing and stabbing a 16-year-old schoolboy in a “brutal attack,” according to the Metropolitan police. The incident took place on May 5th, and the teenager, who was 16 at the time, was found guilty of murdering Renell Charles at Snaresbrook crown court in London. He was also found guilty of carrying a bladed weapon.
Renell, a student at Kelmscott School in Walthamstow, east London, was killed after the school day ended. The attack occurred around 4 pm at a busy bus stop on Markhouse Road, where the victim was waiting with friends. The perpetrator, who alighted from a taxi, engaged in a verbal altercation with Renell before chasing and stabbing him twice. The victim was defenseless on the ground during the second stabbing, and despite attempting to get up, he collapsed and later died.
The accused attempted to evade capture by changing clothes and swapping sim cards after the attack, but was eventually apprehended by the police. He initially refused to provide any information during questioning but later claimed to have acted in self-defense. However, CCTV footage and witness accounts contradicted his claims and confirmed that he had chased and stabbed the victim.
DCI Mark Rogers expressed his condolences to Renell’s family and emphasized the senseless nature of the violence. He also thanked the jury for seeing through the defendant’s lies. The 17-year-old is set to be sentenced on March 14th, facing the consequences of his actions in this tragic case.