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Teen stabbed in row over tracksuit, UK court hears

Charlie Kutyauripo
Charlie Kutyauripo

A 16th birthday party ended in tragedy when a teenager was stabbed to death following a petty row over a tracksuit, a court in the UK has heard.

Charlie Kutyauripo, 16, collapsed and died shortly after he was attacked outside the party venue in east London on January 9.

The whole incident was captured on CCTV and witnessed by several young revellers who had been at the sports centre in Woodford.

A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is on trial at the Old Bailey charged with Charlie's murder.

Prosecutor Louis Mably told jurors that by the time police arrived that Saturday night, there were around 100 youngsters aged between 14 and 17 milling around outside the centre.

Charlie was taken to Whipps Cross Hospital were he was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

A post-mortem examination showed he had been stabbed twice with a 15cm blade, with the fatal wound struck with severe force into his heart, the court heard.

A kitchen knife was found by police discarded near the scene with Charlie's blood on it and the defendant's DNA on the handle, Mr Mably said.

As he displayed the murder weapon in court, the prosecutor said: "So this case is about the death of Charlie, the wound that I have described which was caused by this knife when this defendant plunged it into his chest, slicing open his heart.

"In fact, by the time the DNA result was found, the police had already uncovered other evidence which strongly suggested it was this defendant who had stabbed Charlie.

"That evidence came from witnesses at the scene but it also came from CCTV footage. Many of the important events, in particular the stabbing itself, were caught on camera."

He said the defendant and Charlie had been friends, but had a falling out around the end of last year.

Both had been invited to the birthday party of a 16-year-old girl, although many of their friends knew that they had argued.

Mr Mably said: "One said it was over something as simple as a tracksuit that Charlie had loaned the defendant, which the defendant was refusing to give back.

"There was a lingering hostility between them and they had been talking about fighting each other."

The defendant denies murder.