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Victim's mother responds to sentences

Junior Nkwelle's mother has said in a statement that she still could not come to terms with his death:

It doesn't make any sense to me.

It happened so quickly and so close to our home.

I didn't even know what was going on and I had no chance to help, or see him and say goodbye and tell him how much I love him.

By the time I got to him my poor child had bled to death.

I can only describe Junior as a kind, friendly boy who always had a smile on his face.

He was a fantastic footballer and a great student who loved school.

He was a good son and a wonderful companion, brother and role model to his younger brothers.

– Stella Muma, victim's mother

Girl who 'set up' stabbing detained

A 14-year-old girl who "set up" a schoolboy to be stabbed by her boyfriend after a row over football was ordered to be detained for eight years today.

Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson was found guilty of the manslaughter of Junior Nkwelle, as was her 17-year-old boyfriend Marc Anthony Tulloch, last month.

The judge described Cherelle McKenzie-Jackson as "troubled". Credit: Metropolitan Police

Tulloch, from Herne Hill, south London, was ordered to be detained for 10 years.

Old Bailey Judge Richard Hone lifted an order banning identification of the defendants in the hope that their sentencing would be a deterrent to knife crime.

He said the pair were cleared of Junior's murder after the jury found they had not intended for him to be seriously harmed.

Judge Hone told McKenzie-Jackson that it was only her age which saved her from the same sentence as Tulloch.

Marc Anthony Tulloch arrived on the scene by bus and started fighting with Junior Nkwelle. Credit: Metropolitan Police

She had been living with her grandmother on the Loughborough Estate, Brixton, because her mother could not cope with her.

She spent over an hour on the phone to Tulloch persuading him to deal with Junior after she said he had disrespected her when she interrupted his game of football on the estate.

Tulloch, who was then 16, was either handed the knife by her when he arrived, or had brought the knife with him in September.

The prosecution said it was likely Junior Nkwelle and his killer did not know each other and there was no quarrel between them. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Junior and his friends had been playing football on a grassy area but the girl and her friends appeared to have taken offence.

He was stabbed through the heart after Tulloch arrived on a bus and started fighting with him, and died on the makeshift pitch.

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Schoolboy manslaughter sentence due

A 14-year-old girl who "set up" a schoolboy to be stabbed by her boyfriend after a row over football, will be sentenced today.

Junior and his friends had been playing football on a grassy area but the girl and her friends appeared to have taken offence. Credit: Metropolitan Police

The girl was found guilty of the manslaughter of Junior Nkwelle, 15, along with her 17-year-old boyfriend last month.

The pair, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were cleared of murder by an Old Bailey jury.

The court heard the girl called her then 16-year-old boyfriend to a housing estate in Brixton, south London, where he killed the keen footballer.