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Boy, 15, charged with murder of Derek Boateng after bus stabbing

PUBLISHED: 07:05 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 13:31 26 April 2013

A teenager from Havering has been charged with the murder of Highbury bus stabbing victim Derek Boateng

A teenager from Havering has been charged with the murder of Highbury bus stabbing victim Derek Boateng

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A 15-year-old boy from Havering has been charged with the murder of Derek Boateng, who was stabbed on a bus in Highbury on his 16th birthday.

Derek had been travelling to his home in Hackney on the 393 bus when he was stabbed on Tuesday afternoon.

He died in hospital on Wednesday evening.

Police have charged a 15-year-old boy with Derek’s murder, and he is due to appear in custody at Highbury Corner Youth Court today.

Speaking from the family home in Hackney, Derek’s sister Gifty, 29, revealed how family and friends gathered round Derek’s death bed for more than 24 hours “praying for a miracle” while he was wired up to a life support machine.

She said: “We were all praying and we were hoping for a miracle.

“He was only breathing because of the life-support. Everything in him was damaged. I have never seen anything like that.

“We can’t believe what is happening, everyone is in shock. We are expecting him to walk back through that door.

“He was just a child and so quiet. He was just a normal 16-year-old.

“The last time we’d talked to him, he was saying that he was going to go out with his friends and was just excited about his birthday.

“He was a lovely brother and very friendly with everyone.”

Derek attended Regent’s Vocational College, Hackney, but was a former pupil at Highbury Grove. He had ambitions of being an engineer when he grew up, and enjoyed drumming and playing football.


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