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Teenager found guilty of manslaughter of Irfan Wahid, 16, in Leeds as murder charge dismissed

Irfan Wahid was stabbed in Harehills in February. Credit: Family photo

A student accused of murdering 16-year-old Irfan Wahid in Leeds has been found guilty of manslaughter.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found not guilty of murder during a trial at Leeds Crown Court today in favour of a manslaughter verdict.

Wahid died from a stab wound to the heart after receiving a single knife blow to the chest at a bus stop on Harehills Lane on February 10 this year.

More than 3,000 people attended the teenager's funeral earlier this year.

The defendant confronted Irfan with a kitchen knife and fatally stabbed him, despite the immediate assistance offered by passers-by. The attacker went on to burn his clothes and only gave himself up to the police two days later.

– Ed Hulbert, Crown Prosecution Service

The court heard that on the afternoon of the attack, the defendant went to meet a girl at a bus stop in an attempt to discuss their relationship.

Shortly afterwards, Wahid got off a bus, intending to meet the same girl, but lashed out at the defendant when he saw him talking to her.

Wahid punched the defendant several times. The defendant then pulled out a knife and stabbed Wahid, who died from his injuries.

The 17-year-old will be sentenced for manslaughter on September 15.