Boy, 13, lured to park by girl and stabbed to death in ambush, court told

A 13-year-old boy was "ambushed" and stabbed to death by two teenagers after being "lured" to a park by a girl, a court was told.

Oliver "Olly" Stephens died at Bugs Bottom fields in Emmer Green, Reading in Berkshire, on January 3.

Two teenage boys, now 14, are on trial for his murder. The pair, who were said to have had "grievances" with Olly, deny the charge.

The deadly attack was organised by a teenage girl, also 14, the jury heard.

The girl and one of the boys have pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The girl and the defendants cannot be named for legal reasons, the Mirror reports.

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Opening the prosecution case, Alison Morgan QC said: "(The girl) lured Olly to the location of the attack, in a place called Bugs Bottom, and she lured him to allow the attack to be carried out by the two defendants.

"The attack had been planned by the defendants in the days leading up to the attack.

"The defendants were motivated by perceived grievances with Olly.

"At least one of the two of them had a knife with them.

"They carried out a joint attack, during the course of which one of the two of them used the knife they were carrying to stab Olly – once to the chest and once to the back."

Ms Morgan said the defendants then fled the scene before getting rid of incriminating evidence, such as mobile phone data and clothes worn during the attack.

She said the younger boy, who was 13 at the time, used a knife to stab Olly, but that the older boy must have known he was carrying the weapon.

The prosecutor said the girl was also present at the scene during the attack.

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."

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

The trial continues.

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