Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All I Want to Do Is Cry, Says Mother as Her Son's Killer, 15, Is Locked Up

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

All I Want to Do Is Cry, Says Mother as Her Son's Killer, 15, Is Locked Up

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Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter

THE mother of a talented artist who was stabbed to death in an underground car park sobbed in court as her son's 15-year-old killer was locked up for seven years.

Haile Langa, 21, was stabbed through the heart in Kilburn last November. He leaped over a fence to try to escape before collapsing on a grass verge and dying at the scene 20 minutes later.

In his final messages to his girlfriend, Mr Langa confessed to owing a PS2,000 drug debt and predicted his death: "I'm either going to get rich or die trying. Today I'm on my last legs I'm going to make headlines today."

His killer, who cannot be named because of his age, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday to serve seven years in a young offenders' institute after being found guilty of manslaughter.

Beverley Deans, Mr Langa's mother, said: "At times, I have to paint on a smile but all I want to do is cry. I will never see my son's face again, never hug him, hold his children in my arms, or witness his transition from young person to adult to fulfil his dreams. …

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