A teenager has been convicted for the manslaughter of a 17-year-old boy stabbed to death with a “zombie killer” knife.
Stefan Appleton was stabbed multiple times with the 25in blade in Caldy Walk, Islington.
There were gasps from his family when the jury delivered its verdict and cleared the17-year-old, who cannot be named, of murder.
They left the courtroom in tears.
It took the jury more than 14 hours to reach their verdict at the Old Bailey.
An alleged getaway scooter driver was cleared of murder while another youth, also aged 17, was found not guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
The court had heard Stefan’s killer had jumped off the back of a stolen scooter, pulled out the blade and chased after him and his friends on June 10 last year.
When Stefan tripped and fell, he was stabbed repeatedly while on the ground. He died later in hospital.
He allegedly shouted "RP", standing for a gang called Red Pitch, as he rode off.