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Boy, 17, who killed 'defenceless' 14-year-old in attack named for first time

NewsBoy, 17, who killed 'defenceless' 14-year-old in attack named for first time

Marques Walker, 17, can now be named as the killer of Jermaine Cools, the teenager stabbed outside a chicken shop in Croydon, south London, on November 18 two years ago. Aged only 14, the unarmed boy became the youngest victim of a fatal knife crime in 2021. He was stabbed seven times with a machete by Walker while he lay on the ground.

Walker, who was 16 at the time of the stabbing, became the first youth to be sentenced on television in England and Wales following a successful legal challenge by the media.

Walker, a drill rapper, had a history of carrying deadly weapons and had been on bail for carrying a Zombie knife six weeks before the attack.

The teenager showed a lack of remorse for his actions, as he wrote about the murder in rap lyrics, saying: “Even if that youth was a civillian I would still rewind and chef up (stab) his back.”

Sentenced at London’s Old Bailey, the 17-year-old had already pleaded guilty earlier this year to murder, possessing a knife and causing grievous bodily harm to a fellow inmate while in youth detention after the killing. 

During the sentencing, Judge Sarah Munro KC described the killing a “senseless murder”.

She said: “This is yet another case of the senseless murder of a young teenager committed for reasons no mature adult could fathom.”

Jermaine was stabbed “mercilessly” and the victim “must have been terrified and in agony”, she added.

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