Boy from Grays charged with murder after fatal stabbing in Newham

A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court charged over the fatal stabbing of another teenager. 

Fares Maatou, 15, died at the scene of the attack in Barking Road, Newham, on Friday afternoon.

The teenage defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Stratford Youth Court on Monday charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

The boy, from Grays spoke in person to confirm his name, age and address.

The court heard that Fares died after suffering stab injuries to his upper body.

It was alleged that a “knife cane” – a type of modified walking stick hiding a blade – was used to carry out the attack, which took place after a fight broke out.

The victim had been riding on an electric scooter before the incident took place, the court also heard.

A 15-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday and remains in police custody.

Two other 15-year-old boys held in connection with the incident have been bailed to a date in late May.

It was the 33rd homicide in London since January 1 this year, the Metropolitan Police has said.

The teenager was remanded in custody at a youth detention centre and was told to appear at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

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