Today a teenager has been found guilty of murdering 14-year-old Tomasz Oleszak in the Springwell Estate last year.
Tomasz was with his friends on the 4th October last year when a dispute started between his friendship group and, then 14-year-old, Leighton Amies.
Leighton Amies subsequently stabbed Tomasz in the chest. Tragically, the teenager died from his injuries the next morning.
The now 15-year-old from Gateshead was also charged with assault in relation to another boy.
Following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court, Amies was found guilty of murder.
He was also found guilty of attempted assault on a second victim and he had previously admitted one count of possession of a bladed article.
Leighton Amies will be sentenced at the same court on June 15.
Detective Inspector Chris Deavin, senior invesitgating officer on the case, said: “This is a truly tragic case in which a teenager has lost his life and our thoughts very much remain with Tomasz’s heartbroken family and loved ones.
“Tomasz had his whole life ahead of him, he was a promising footballer and a popular pupil at his school.
“Today, Leighton Amies has been found guilty of murder but no conviction or any length of sentence will ever bring Tomasz back.
“We want to send an unequivocal message to anyone who chooses to carry a weapon of any kind or believes that violence is acceptable – the consequences can be devastating.
“Look at the pain this tragedy has caused – not only could you take away someone else’s future and destroy the lives of their loved ones, but also ruin your own and those of your family and friends.”
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