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Woman stabbed teenager while friends chanted encouragement

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A teenager was knifed in the heart by a woman who was egged on with chants of "stab 'em, stab 'em" during a petty row in the street, a court has heard.

Alfie Stone, 18, was allegedly murdered by 33-year-old Maxine Benson outside a Tesco Express in High Road, Ickenham, west London, on November 9 last year.

Benson was captured on CCTV wielding the knife and was also witnessed by members of the public who rushed to give Alfie first aid after the attack, jurors were told.

Moments earlier, Benson also allegedly lashed out at another boy who escaped with a minor chest injury, the trial heard.

She is on trial at the Old Bailey along with Steven Hawgood and his girlfriend, Corinne Cripps, who all lived in bedsits near the scene of the murder.

Prosecutor Tony Badenoch QC said Hawgood, 29, and Cripps, 28, both played a part in a "petty argument" shortly before the killing over the "theft" of some food two days earlier.

He said the pair had encouraged Benson to resolve the situation with the words "stab 'em, stab 'em".

All three defendants fled the scene using a rear exit as police and paramedics arrived at the front of the small parade of shops.

Before leaving, Benson handed the murder weapon to another man, Mr Badenoch said.

Alfie died within hours of the stabbing. A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as blood loss and a stab wound to the heart. There were no signs on his body of defensive wounds.

Benson, Hawgood and Cripps deny murder and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.