‘My sons killed someone mum told police after schoolboy was stabbed to death

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    A teenager, who stabbed a 16-year-old boy to death was turned in to the police by his mum.

    Joshua Delbono was handed a life sentence, with a minimum of 21 years for the murder of 16-year-old Charley Bates.

    The 19-year-old allegedly got into a heated row with Bates over a £20 debt.

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    Delbono’s mother bravely reported her son to the authorities, and told them “my son's killed someone”.

    According to The Mirror, during the emotional phone call, she can be heard saying: “My son's killed someone. He's in my house now, I can't let him go anywhere”.

    She then handed the phone to her son who told officers he threw away the knife and gave the call handler information on where it could be.

    The incident occurred in Somerset when a fight broke out between two groups. During the brawl, Delbono stabbed Bates with a five-inch blade before he fled.

    Charley bled to death, near the Radstock's library, witnesses claimed Delbono shouted “don’t mess with us again”, but he denied this during the trial.

    After fleeing the scene, Delbono disposed of the knife near Shearwater Lake, near Warminster, Wiltshire. He also burned some of his clothes an act that was filmed by one of the group.

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    His mum made the 999 call shortly after midnight when her son had returned to their home in Frome, Somerset.

    The mum says she felt “sick” over what had happened and told her son “I’ve got to do it”.

    Despite initially saying no comment to police questions, Delbono later confessed to stabbing Charley in the heart.

    In a prepared statement, he said: "I thought my friend was being stabbed this caused me to react.

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    "I didn't realise he was hurt. It was a chance encounter. I'm truly devastated Charley was fatally injured, it was never my intention,".

    Following a two-week trial, he was found guilty by a jury after seven hours of deliberation.

    Delbono admitted stabbing Charley but denied murder, claiming he had acted to defend a friend.

    Bates’ family were left heartbroken by the loss. They said: "Our beautiful Charley boy. We are all so very proud of you. You are desperately missed by so many.”

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    DCI Mark Almond said: “Our thoughts and sympathies remain with Charley’s family who has experienced unimaginable pain over the past nine months. They continue to grieve for Charley and we are offering them support through our specially-trained officers.

    “Charley had his whole life ahead of him and it was cut short by Joshua Delbono. The vigil held in his memory in Radstock in the days after this senseless tragedy highlights how his death affected the community and how popular a person he was.

    “Such incidents are thankfully rare in Radstock, but the devastating consequences knife crime has on families and communities is clear for all to see and it is why we are committed to work with our partners to do all that we can to prevent more tragedies like this from happening.”


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