Two boys, 14, found guilty of murdering child, 13, who was lured to death in park

Oliver Stephens was stabbed to death at Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading (Image: Thames Valley Police / SWNS)

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Two 14-year-old boys have been found guilty or murdering a teenage boy who was “lured” to a park in Reading and fatally stabbed.

Oliver Stephens, 13, known as Olly, was killed at Bugs Bottom field in Emmer Green, Reading, Berkshire, on January 3.

Reading Crown Court previously heard that Olly was convinced to go to the park by a 14-year-old girl, where he was then “ambushed” by the two boys and stabbed to death.

The girl and the older of the teenage boys had both previously admitted manslaughter.

None of the three can be named for legal reasons.

During the trial, prosecutor Alison Morgan QC said the girl was present at the scene during the attack.

The youngster was 'lured' to the park and then 'ambushed'
(Image: Berkshire Live / Darren Pepe)

She said: "Putting it bluntly, Olly was ambushed by these defendants.

"He was physically attacked by (the two boys) and with (the girl) standing by, lending assistance by her presence.

"There were others who were also present but did not play a significant role in the attack."

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The trial was held in special circumstances, with counsel removing their wigs and gowns due to the defendants' ages.

The court heard both of the male attackers had “grievances” with Olly, while the girl is said to have described any violence against him as “karma” in the run-up to his death.

In a statement issued through police after his death, Olly’s family described the youngster as “an enigma” who “could get his own way with a wry smile and a cheeky grin”.

They added: “An Olly-sized hole has been left in our hearts.”

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