A remorseless killer who stabbed a bright 16- year-old celebrating his GCSE results to death was jailed for life.
Glen Corner, who wanted to study engineering at Durham University, was enjoying his birthday with friends when 18-year-old Lee Firman, carrying two long kitchen knives, stabbed him through the left lung.
As the schoolboy lay dying in South Shields last August, Firman’s mother Alison Martin – who had rushed to East Avenue to warn the teenagers her son was armed and dangerous – knelt by the dying boy while her son stood jeering on a nearby roof.
At Newcastle Crown Court, Judge David Hodson gave Firman, of Thorn Holme Avenue, South Shields, life with a minimum of 16 years, saying the murder was "another example, as if one was needed, of the danger of carrying knives".
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