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24th May 2022

Boy (14) found guilty of murdering 12-year-old schoolgirl Ava White

Kat O'Connor

He cried and bowed his head when the guilty verdict was read.

A 14-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering Ava White.

He cannot be named because he is a minor.

The 12-year-old schoolgirl was stabbed in the neck at a Christmas event in Liverpool last year.

Ava White was stabbed on November 25th, 2021.

The young girl was attending an event with her friends when the teenage boy produced a knife.

She had been arguing with the boy before he stabbed her.

It is believed Ava was upset because the boy was filming her on his phone. She confronted him and asked him to delete the footage, but he refused.

During the trial, the accused said he didn’t mean to harm the girl.

He said he just wanted to “frighten her away”.

The boy claimed he stabbed her in an act of self-defense. He pleaded not guilty to murder, as well as the alternative charge of manslaughter.

However, the jury found him guilty of murdering the 12-year-old girl.

The boy, who appeared in court via video link, sobbed when the guilty verdict was announced.

After stabbing Ava, the boy fled the scene. He discarded his coat and threw the murder weapon away too.

Ava begged her friends to stay by her side after the fatal stabbing.

The young girl reportedly said, “don’t leave me” to them before she died.

Ava was laid to rest just days before Christmas 2021.