Boy, 15, faces gun death sentencing

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Published: Monday 27th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A teenage boy who accidentally shot his girlfriend dead after she went to give him a birthday present will be sentenced later.

Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, 15, was hit in the neck by a single bullet from a counterfeit 1930s Italian Beretta pistol in the bedroom of a house in Hackney, east London, in March.

Last month, the 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named, was cleared by a jury of her murder but found guilty of manslaughter and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Afterwards, Shereka’s mother Shyrine Mills said the boy had destroyed her daughter’s life through his own “stupidity”, “recklessness”, “lies and deceit”.

She said in a statement: “Guns are not toys and should only be handled by trained professionals in extreme circumstances.”

During the trial the boy insisted that he loved his girlfriend and had no reason to hurt her.

After the gun went off he phoned 999 but she was pronounced dead later that afternoon.

On his arrest at the house, the boy told officers it was “an accident” and exclaimed: “Am I going to hell?” and: “My girl died on my birthday.”

Police later found two pictures of him posing with handguns on his mobile phone, one of which was pointing at the person who took the photograph.

And at the time of the shooting, he said they had both been holding the gun to feel the weight of it, sitting side by side on the bed.

But he changed his story and admitted in court he had been standing in front of her waving it around with both hands, not thinking it was loaded.

The defendant also initially claimed to have found the gun on Hackney Marshes but later said he had been given it to hide for a man in his 20s he refused to name.

The youth, who has previously pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition, will be sentenced by Judge Charles Wide at the Old Bailey this morning.

Published: Monday 27th October 2014 by The News Editor

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