A teenage boy, just 13 years of age, has pleaded guilty in court for the murder of an Irish builder from Cobh, Christopher John Barry, who was 53 when killed. The incident happened outside a block of flats in Edmonton, London, last December. In court, the boy, who cannot be named due to legal reasons, admitted to stabbing Barry.
Barry had been living in England for about two years before the incident. The attack happened at night, after an argument developed between Barry and a group of youths, who were trying to gain access to a party at one of the flats in the complex that Barry lived in. The incident began verbally, but soon escalated until it became violent, at which point the boy attacked Barry. A post mortem later confirmed that Barry had died from a single stab wound to the chest.
After the boy pleaded guilty in court to a single count of murder, Judge Anthony Morris ordered for a pre-sentence report ahead of the official sentencing, which will take place on April 10th. Police officers have also confirmed that Barry and the group of youths did not know each other prior to the attack.
Barry has been described by his family as a lovely man, who will be dearly missed. His uncle, Noel Barry, lives in Co Wexford, and spoke out shortly after the incident. He, as well as the rest of their family, were in a state of shock, and were struggling to accept that this vicious attack for no reason had resulted in Barry’s death.