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Family of boy murdered say his killer shouldn't be freed until he apologies

The father of Stefan Pakeerah (left) is trying to stop his son's killer Warren Leblanc (right) from being freed. Credit: PA images

The family of a boy who was stabbed to death wants to block moves that would see his killer freed.

Stefan Pakeerah, 14, was lured to New Parks in Leicester and bludgeoned and stabbed to death by Warren Leblanc in 2004.

The 14-year-old thought he was going to meet his friend before suffering horrific injuries by a hammer and a knife.

Leblanc, who was 17 at the time, admitted murder and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 13 years.

Stefan's family say Leblanc was inspired to kill Stefan by the game 'Manhunt' which they say he was obsessed with.

Today (27 January) a parole board met to discuss his release.

Stefan's step-sister Jessica Peck has started a petition calling for murderers to apologise to the family of their victims before they're released.

Leblanc is now 32 and Stefan would've been 29-years-old.

The 14-year-old's family say they're expecting the outcome of the hearing within two weeks.

The panel say it will carefully look at a whole range of evidence, including the original evidence and any evidence of behaviour change. It adds that public safety is its number one priority.

From the summer of 2012 the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) was effectively incorporated into UK law.

It also became "a criminal offence to sell video games with a “12” rating to those younger than that age".

The maximum punishment for selling a non-exempt video game to someone who does not meet the age classification is up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

Supplying a non-exempt game without an age-rating will be punishable by up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.

Video games are now age rated at one or other of the following age levels:

Age rating for video games. Credit: PEGI