Boy, 13, in court for man’s murder

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Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A 13-year-old boy will appear in court today charged with the murder of a man who died after a “verbal altercation” with a group of youngsters.

Christopher Barry, 53, also known as Jack, was stabbed at his home in Edmonton, north London, on Sunday evening after he was said to have been involved in an incident with a group trying to get into a party at another address in the block of flats.

The teenager was charged with his murder last night and has been remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court, Scotland Yard said.

Four boys – three aged 14 and one 13 – arrested on suspicion of murder must return to an east London police station on a date in late January pending further inquiries, police said.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of death of Mr Barry’s death was a stab wound to the chest.

Mr Barry is believed to have been involved in an argument with a group of boys as he attempted to gain entry to the flats in The Broadway. He was followed into the building by two of the boys and stabbed, police said.

Ambulance crews attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 8.40pm on Sunday.

Detective Chief Inspector Neale Baldock, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our initial inquiries have established that there was a supervised party taking place at another address within the block and the group of males were trying to gain access to this.

“The victim and this group were not known to each other – what started as a minor verbal altercation has escalated into a shocking act of violence.”

Published: Wednesday 17th December 2014 by The News Editor

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