Teenager detained for life for murdering boy, 15

Alfie Lewis
Alfie Lewis, 15, was stabbed in Horsforth, Leeds, in November 2023 [BBC]

A 15-year-old boy who murdered Leeds teenager Alfie Lewis in a knife attack outside a primary school has been detained for life with a minimum term of 13 years.

Alfie, also 15, died in hospital after being stabbed in the heart and leg in Church Road, Horsforth, in November 2023.

Bardia Shojaeifard, who can now be named after reporting restrictions were lifted, pushed Alfie to the ground before he stabbed him twice "in full view" of a group of school children.

Bardia, who was 14 at the time of the killing, was convicted of murder in May following a two-week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Alfie was attacked near Horsforth School just before 15:00 GMT on 7 November 2023 as he was on his way to meet some friends.

Prosecutor Craig Hassall KC said Baria had walked "purposefully" towards Alfie before stabbing him with a knife he had taken from a kitchen drawer at home.

At trial, Shojaeifard had denied murder and claimed to have been "scared" of Alfie.

Mr Justice Cotter lifted reporting restrictions preventing Bardia from being identified due to his age on Friday.

He said lifting the defendant's anonymity would help in the "vitally important debate about the scourge of knife crime, among young people in particular".

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