Life for Teenagers Who Killed Boy, 15, over Mobile Phone; Jailed: From Left, Tobi Peters and Damien Solowabe Stabbed 15-Year-Old Lyle Tulloch, above, through the Heart at a Party

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Byline: RASHID RAZAQ

TWO teenagers were given life sentences today after being convicted of murdering a schoolboy stabbed 13 times at a 15th birthday party.

Lyle Tulloch, who wanted to become a lawyer, was stabbed through the heart in a row over a mobile phone at a flat in Elephant and Castle in May last year.

Ballet student Damien Solowabe, 18, and Tobi Peters, 17, attacked 15-year-old Lyle after wrongly blaming him when Solowabe's phone went missing.

Solowabe, who had gatecrashed the party with a female friend, was also angry when he found her hugging Lyle, and had to be calmed down after a jealous outburst.

Solowabe and Peters were found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey last month. Judge Peter Rook today sentenced them to detention with a minimum term of 12 years.

Judge Rook told them: "This was a vicious attack upon a young man. You are both part of the culture of knife crime which blights our cities. You were attacking your defenceless victim while he was on the ground.

"In seconds, you took away from Lyle Tulloch his most precious possession life itself. During those moments of madness, you have also blighted your own lives." Lyle lived in Peckham with his mother and was the third of seven sons.

He had been at the party to celebrate a girl's 15th birthday when the trouble over the missing phone began, the Old Bailey heard. …

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