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Two found guilty in relation to the death of Christopher Hewett in Stevenage

22 Jul 2021
  • A 17 year old boy has been found guilty of murder following the death of Christopher Hewett in Stevenage on 12 February 2021.

  • A 15 year old boy has been found guilty of manslaughter.

  • They are to be sentenced on Friday 27 August.

One teenage boy has today (Thursday 22 July) been found guilty of murder and a second teenage boy found guilty of manslaughter in connection to the death of Christopher Hewett in Stevenage.

Thirty one year old Christopher, from Stevenage, died in hospital on the evening of 12 February 2021. He had been attacked in Meadow Way, suffering stab wounds to the chest.

A 17 year old and a 15 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were both charged with murder, which they both denied.

Following a three-week trial at Luton Crown Court the jury found the 17 year old guilty of murder. The 15 year old was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter.

During the trial, the court had heard how Christopher and his cousin had been walking to his sister’s house when they passed a group of four young people. Words were exchanged between Christopher and the group before he carried on his journey.

A short time later, Christopher and his cousin were approached and attacked on Meadow Way by the 15 year old, who had a baseball bat. While Christopher and the teen were scuffling, the 17 year old approached with a knife and stabbed Christopher several times.

He subsequently died from his injuries.

The court heard the 17 year old admit stabbing Christopher stating he had only done so to help the 15 year old escape, and now regretted his actions.

Detective Inspector Iain MacPherson, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts remain very much with Christopher’s family and friends at this time and we thank them for their support and dignity during the investigation and trial.

“We would also like to thank those members of the public who in the spirit of community and justice gave evidence in this difficult case.

“Christopher Hewett’s murder sadly highlights the impact that those who carry knives have on their own lives, the lives cut tragically short and the families of victims and perpetrators alike.

“I urge anyone with influence over those who carry knives, in particular the families and friends of young people, to make them aware of the futility and the terrible consequences of doing so.

“A beloved father, brother and son has died and two boys are facing significant jail sentences because of it.”

A third person, Ryan Lee, aged 19, of Wildwood Lane, Stevenage, was found guilty of assisting offenders.

All three are due to be sentenced at St Albans Crown Court on Friday 27 August.

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