Seven Kings teenager jailed for 14 years for Woodford Bridge stabbing
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The 17-year-old who stabbed his former friend Charlie Kutyauripo to death last January can now be named as Aaron Gaiete, after a judge lifted reporting restrictions.
Gaiete, 17, of Norfolk Road, Seven Kings, was sentenced to a minimum of 14 years imprisonment by Judge Rebecca Poulet QC at the Old Bailey today for murdering Charlie outside a birthday party.
Reporting restrictions had previously been imposed as Gaiete was under 18, but Judge Poulet lifted them due to the seriousness of the crime.
Gaiete attacked Charlie, by stabbing him in the chest and the shoulder, outside a 16th birthday party at Ashton Playing Fields, in Woodford Bridge.
Charlie, of Collier Row Lane, Collier Row, collapsed and was rushed to hospital, but died within an hour.
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Judge Poulet told the court: “You had been friends with Charlie at King Solomon School and had been at his home and welcomed by his family.
“But having become the closest of friends, you both fell out and I believe this was in the latter part of 2015.”
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She said the attack was “immediate” and “without warning”.
Speaking about the sentence Charlie’s mother Matilda said she hoped it “acts as a deterrent”.
“No other family should be sentenced to a life of pain and misery,” she explained.
“We are crushed, hurt, torn beyond description, no words can express the pain and agony that has become our day-to-day life.
“We visit Charlie’s grave every day. We cannot let go, the pain is just too much to bear.
“No mother or family deserves to suffer the way we are.”
Matilda explained she brought Charlie to the UK from the family’s native Zimbabwe for safety, “only for him to be taken away”.
“To say I am devastated is an understatement.
“I stopped living the day my son was murdered.”