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Teenager who killed boy, 15, in Sheffield sent to young offenders unit for more than two years

Samuel Baker was fatally stabbed in May. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A teenager who stabbed a 15-year-old boy to death in Sheffield has been sentenced to two years and eight months in a young offenders unit.

The boy, who was 15 at the time but is now 16, fatally stabbed Samuel Baker in the Lowedges area of the city in May. He was originally charged with murder but instead pleaded guilty to manslaughter last week.

The court heard that it was Samuel who brought the knife to the scene, and the prosecution alleged he initiated the fight between the pair.

Sentencing the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, the judge said: "Your case represents a story that is too often repeated in cities and towns throughout our country.

"Samuel Baker is dead for one simple reason - young men, some still boys, carrying knives.

"Without a knife that evening, the two of you may have had a fight but that would have been it.

"Instead, what has happened can never be undone."

The court heard how there had been a history of bad feeling between the boys, who had both been excluded from their respective schools and had been involved in cannabis dealing.

The judge added: "Samuel may not have led a blameless life. He may even have been the aggressor that evening. But one thing is certain - he did not deserve to die."

In a victim personal statement read to the court, Samuel's sister, Terrasha, said her message to the defendant was: "My family has no forgiveness for you and are lost for words about how they feel."

She said: "Despite what everyone thinks of Samuel, he was not a bad teenager. We know a different side to Samuel."