A 17-year-old boy has been convicted of the murder of Corby teen Rayon Pennycook.
Rayon, aged 16, died on the evening of May 25 this year after being stabbed in Reynolds Road.
Following an investigation by Northamptonshire Police’s Major Crime Team, a 17-year-old boy from Corby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with Rayon’s murder and last month went on trial at Northampton Crown Court.
Today, Thursday, December 2, the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts on a count of murder, and one of possession of a bladed article. Because the defendant is under 18, legal restrictions mean he cannot be identified.
The two-week trial had heard how Rayon was fatally wounded after intervening in a fight between two girls in which the defendant also became involved.
A knife fight ensued between the two boys which resulted in Rayon suffering a single stab wound to the chest, and despite the best efforts of police officers and paramedics, he sadly died at the scene.
After changing his clothes at a nearby gym, the defendant went home and told his father what had happened, before being driven to Weekley Woods Justice Centre in Kettering to hand himself in.
The defendant went on trial charged with murder, an alternative count of manslaughter, and illegal possession of a knife.
Speaking after the jury returned their verdict of guilty of murder, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Pete Long said: “While I welcome this conviction, there can be no winners in a case like this – one young person has tragically lost their life, causing utter devastation to their family and friends, and another faces a significant prison term and having to live with the outcome of their actions forever.
“The circumstances of this case demonstrate just how dangerous it is to carry a knife – Rayon died from a single stab wound which caused catastrophic blood loss. His family have had to listen to the often-distressing facts of the case, including details of the injury which led to his death, and are still deeply grieving their beloved boy.
“Rayon’s family have been incredibly supportive of our investigation and have remained extremely dignified throughout the whole process of bringing the case to court. I have been so impressed by their composure during such a difficult time.
“It’s no exaggeration to say the ripple effects of Rayon’s death are still being felt by all those involved, and the wider Corby community. Our thoughts remain with Rayon’s family and friends at this desperately difficult time.”
The defendant was remanded into custody and will return to court on January 14, 2022, for sentencing.