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Oliver Stephens murder: Two teens sentenced for luring autistic boy to park and murdering him

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Oliver Stephens who was autistic was murdered after being lured into a park and then stabbed to death in January. The boys who killed him will not be legally named.

Oliver, described by his family as a “loving, caring, funny soul”, was convinced to go to a park before the boys stabbed him to death in January.

The two 14-year-old murderers who will not be named have now been sentenced to 13 and 12 years in a young offenders institution after murdering the autistic boy.

Oliver was aged just 13 when he was lured to the bugs bottom field near to his home in Emmer Green in Reading on January 3rd and stabbed to death.

A teenage girl aged 14 was due to be sentenced for manslaughter after setting up the attack which happened after a dispute on social media. She had already admitted the offence was was not required to stand trail.

None of the three defendants can be named for legal reasons because of their age and will be legally protected.

The girl had convinced Oliver to go to the park to meet both of the boys who had grievances with Oliver. The girl described the violence against him as “karma” in the lead up to his murder.

The younger boy was sentenced for murder and perverting the course of justice after he admitted disposing of clothing worn at the time of the attack.

The older boy was sentenced for murder and two counts of perverting the course of justice for deleting apps from his mobile phone, which he admitted.

The girl pleaded guilty to manslaughter and perverting the course of justice by deleting data from her mobile phone.

The trial was held in special conditions, with frequent breaks and counsel removing their gowns and wigs due to the defendants’ ages.

Olly’s parents said they were “completely broken” in a victim impact statement before the three teenagers were sentenced.

His father Stuart Stephens said: “We are strong enough to deal with most problems thrown our way but this has completely broken us.

“Olly trusted people too much, it was part of his make-up, it was part of his autism – it was why we loved him.

“He knew no sense of danger, he stood up for himself in a confrontation and was unable to back down, but was kind and loving.”

Mr Stephens described the “utterly horrific” moment he was told his son’s body was now forensic evidence, and that he would no longer be able to hold him or touch him.

He said: “Had he asked me for help that day, I would have moved heaven and earth to give it to him.”

Olly’s family described him as “a loving, caring, funny soul who would stick up for the underdog”.

In a statement following the trial, they said: “He was a huge character in and around our home, with his friends and at school.

“He made people laugh, he could dance with the best of them, and he gave his love freely.

“His sense of humour and his wicked comic timing had us and his friends in stitches many a time.

“He was warm, kind, soulful, a deep thinker and a great carer to those around him.

“He was loyal and trusted people to a fault.

“He would never back down from a fight, he would defend those that couldn’t or wouldn’t defend themselves.”

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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