Teenager gets 11 years for Irishman’s murder in London

Teenager gets 11 years for Irishman’s murder in London

A 13-YEAR-OLD has been detained for at least 11 years for the murder of Irishman Christopher John Barry, who was stabbed outside his home in Enfield last December.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced today at London’s Old Bailey after admitting stabbing the Cork native.

Mr Barry, who hailed from Cobh, was attacked on the evening of Sunday, December 15 as he and his Irish girlfriend Sabrina Finn returned home to his flat on The Broadway in Edmonton.

The 53-year-old – known locally as Jack – became involved in an argument with a group of youths trying to get into a party at his block at around 7.45pm.

The court heard that the 13-year-old followed him inside the block where he was stabbed him.

Mr Barry managed to get upstairs to the couple’s flat, while Ms Finn called the emergency services.

Ambulance crews attended the scene, but he was pronounced dead shortly after 8.20pm.

A post-mortem found that Mr Barry, who was working in London as a builder, had died from a stab wound to the chest.

Police arrested five boys, aged 13 and 14, at the scene. Four were later released but the 13-year-old was charged with Mr Barry's murder.

Last month, the boy pleaded guilty to the murder at the Old Bailey, where the judge ordered a pre-sentencing report before remanding him for sentencing today (April 10).

Mr Barry, who had emigrated from Cobh in 1983, had his remains brought back to his hometown where he was laid to rest in St Colman’s Cemetery in January.