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A 15-year-old boy who murdered his friend, 12, by trying to decapitate him in woodland has been jailed for a minimum of 16 years and 36 days.

Marcel Grzeszcz killed Robert Buncis on December 12 last year after he lured him into a remote area off Alcorn Green in the village of Fishtoft near Boston, Lincolnshire.

Roberts, 12, was found dead just two days before he would have celebrated his 13th birthday.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the boy and Roberts met at 3.30 am for the defendant to give him an ounce of cannabis to sell.

He said Roberts attacked him with a knife after the accused turned up at the meeting without the £50 he had promised him.

The victim sustained multiple knife wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen and it appeared that attempts were made to decapitate him and remove his right hand or fingers.

The court heard there were more than 70 injuries and Roberts had been struck with such force that the tip of a knife was embedded in Roberts' skull.

Jurors were told the defendant was angry at seeing Roberts coming at him with the knife and "lost it", grabbed the weapon from Roberts and used it on him.

He denied going to the meeting armed with a knife and alleged it was Roberts who had brought the weapon with him.

The defendant said all he could remember was stabbing Roberts in the neck, before throwing £150 worth of cannabis away as he ran home.

The prosecution said the accused did not intend to give Roberts the cannabis but intended to inflict serious injuries on him because he was suspected of being "a snitch".

Marcel Grzeszczhe did not intend to kill or seriously injure Roberts but had lost self-control and attacked him.

Brendan Kelly QC, defending, said that based on the evidence the defence conceded that at some point the intention to kill was formed.

He said this morning: "There was at least some evidence that what happened was not the entire plan, that what happened went wrong."

Mr Kelly described the killer as a troubled young man who suffered a period of chaos that was missed by his parents and unwittingly the authorities.

He was found guilty of murder but after admitting manslaughter in July 2021.

Today (Nov 8), the judge, the Honorable Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, has sentenced the killer to life in prison with a minimum period of detention of 17 years.

The victim's father Edgar, said in a written statement: "How do I put into words how I feel? This is all wrong. No father should ever have to bury his son."

Mr Buncis added that his son's death for "drugs, fighting and girls" did not make sense.

He said: "I have lost my destination, my purpose.

"My life is in the cemetery. I feel empty, nothing will change this."

Mary Loram QC, prosecuting, said: ""Roberts made friends easily. Initially, he did well at school. He took up sports including judo.

"His father worked hard. He did not have a lot but he made sure Roberts had what he needed."

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