Man sentenced for manslaughter following death of 17-year-old teenager
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A man who killed 17-year-old teenager Louis-Ryan Menezes has today been sentenced to nine years and four months in prison at Northampton Crown Court.
Amari Smith, 18, of Penfold Close, Kingsthorpe, inflicted a single stab wound on Louis near the stairwell of Drayton Walk, Kingsthorpe, on May 25, 2018. It pierced his heart and despite the efforts of paramedics, he passed away a short while later at Northampton General Hospital.
Last month, a jury cleared Smith of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter.
Sentencing Smith today, her Honour Judge Adrienne Lucking, said: “There was no lawful reason for you to carry a knife that day and there is no excuse. You acted in the mistaken belief you were acting in self-defence.
“Not only did you deny the offence but you showed no remorse during the trial. I have read Louis’ family statement which makes clear they are inconsolable at their loss.”
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon, said: “My thoughts are first and foremost with Louis’ family. No sentence will ever make up for the terrible loss they have suffered but I hope today goes some way to helping them heal.
“Louis was a young man with his whole life ahead of him but it was cruelly cut short as a result of a senseless incident. I hope this case serves as a stark warning to young people everywhere – carrying a knife does not protect you - it can ruin your life forever.
“The impact of knife crime goes beyond the victim and the offender. It affects parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, friends and whole communities, as this case demonstrates in the most tragic way possible. There is never a good reason to carry a knife.
“Today brings to a close a long and complex investigation and I’d like to thank my team for their hard work and dedication in bringing justice to Louis and his family.”
Louis’ family have spoken of the pain of losing him:
“Louis was a young man with his whole life ahead of him. He was a treasured, caring son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin whose life was cruelly cut short. He is so sadly missed by all his family and friends.
“No parent or family should have to go through losing a child in such an horrific way. Louis’ death has left a huge gap in our lives and the pain of losing him is so great it will never go away.
“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingsthorpe community for their immense support and kindness, the emergency services for their help and efforts on the afternoon Louis died and, last but not least, family and friends for their love, support and loyalty. Without this, the last few months would have been unbearable.
“We’d also like to thank the detectives, Crown Prosecution Service and the courts for their tireless work in getting justice for Louis and for us.”