Alfie Lewis: Teen found guilty of murdering 15-year-old boy in Leeds

  • By Andrew Barton and Corinne Wheatley
  • bbc news

Screenshot, Alfie was on his way to meet some friends when he was attacked, the jury at Leeds Crown Court was told.

A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of stabbing Leeds teenager Alfie Lewis to death.

Alfie, also 15, died in hospital after being stabbed in the heart in Church Road, Horsforth, last November.

Witnesses described seeing Alfie being pushed to the ground by the boy before being stabbed twice “in full view” of a group of schoolchildren.

The boy was found guilty following a trial at Leeds Crown Court and will be sentenced in June.

Sobs could be heard from Alfie’s family in the public gallery, who hugged each other as the verdict was announced.

Most wore T-shirts with pictures of Alfie that said “Forever 15.”

Screenshot, Police closed roads after stabbing

Judge Cotter told the defendant: “You have been found guilty of murder.

“I can only pass a sentence. What I have to determine is how many years he will be detained before he can be released.”

The boy, who denied murder and instead said he was the one who was scared when he pulled out the gun, showed no visible emotion when the verdict was read.

He later held his parents’ hands through a gap in the dock’s glass before they took him away.

Following the verdict, his brother Antony Lewis read a statement from Alfie’s family outside the court.

In the statement he thanked police, emergency services, prosecutors and the wider Horsforth community for their “compassion and support”.

“Most of all we would like to say ‘thank you’ to our Alfie, for giving us all your love, joy and humor and making us smile every day for the 15 years we had to enjoy and love you.

“You are always in our hearts and our minds, and until we are all together again, our beautiful boy continues dancing in heaven.

“We miss you and love you, always.”

Image source, BBC/Corinne Wheatley

Screenshot, Family and friends of Alfie Lewis gathered outside court after his killer was convicted to issue a statement.

During the two-week trial, the jury of five men and seven women heard that Alfie was attacked near Horsforth School just before 15:00 GMT on November 7, 2023, while on his way to meet some friends.

Prosecutor Craig Hassall KC said the defendant, who was 14 at the time, had walked “purposefully” towards Alfie before stabbing him, using a knife he had taken from a kitchen drawer at his home.

He said witnesses recalled Alfie looking “surprised and shocked” and asking the defendant “what are you doing?”

Alfie was fatally injured on the road while children from nearby St Margaret’s Primary School in Town Street were heading out for the day or waiting to be picked up.

‘Murderous violence’

A post-mortem examination revealed that the fatal stab wound was a 14cm (5.5in) wound to Alfie’s chest, which pierced his heart.

Detective Inspector Stacey Atkinson said there was nothing that could have justified the “murderous violence” Alfie’s attacker used to end his life.

She said: “Alfie was only 15 years old and was not involved in gangs or any other crime that could have put him at risk of knife crime.

“He had simply gone to meet his friends from school and was not looking for a confrontation with anyone.”

Image source, BBC/Corinne Wheatley

Screenshot, Det Ch Insp Atkinson addressing the media outside Leeds Crown Court

Atkinson said the young man convicted of Alfie’s murder had launched “a deliberate and determined attack, repeatedly stabbing Alfie, who was completely defenceless, leaving him fatally injured”.

The convicted boy will be sentenced on June 21.