Who killed Olly Stephens? Tragic teenager remembered on anniversary of his murder

The parents of tragic teenager Olly Stephens have appealed for an end to knife crime involving children on the anniversary of their son’s death.

Speaking to the BBC, Stuart and Amanda Stephens said knife crime against children “has to stop”. The couple were speaking ahead of a memorial service, held at St Barnabas Church in Reading, to mark one year since the murder of their son.

More than 300 people attended the service to pay their respects to Olly Stephens, who was killed at the age of just 13 on January 3rd last year.

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Who killed Olly Stephens?

Olly Stephens was murdered by two 14-year-old boys, who were convicted in September 2021. They cannot be named because of their age.

The teenager, who was autistic, was lured to Bugs Bottom Field – where he was murdered, and which was near his home – after a social media dispute by a girl he knew and trusted, and who was herself aged 13 at the time.

There, he was reportedly ambushed by the two boys who stabbed him to death. One of Olly’s murderers was sentenced to a 13-year prison term and the other to 12 years.

Last month, the girl who lured Olly Stephens to his death – and who was convicted of manslaughter for her role in the killing – had her sentence increased from three years and two months to five years.

Court of Appeal judges Lady Justice Macur, Mr Justice Picken and Judge Mark Lucraft ruled that the original sentence had been unduly lenient.

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