Boy, 14, detained for killing carer
Aug 10 2012
A boy who killed his foster carer by stabbing her 10 times has been detained for seven years.
The 14-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Dawn McKenzie, 34, at a flat in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in June last year after he had been grounded.
Sentencing him at the High Court in Edinburgh, Lord Pentland paid tribute to the victim, saying: "No order I impose can possibly put right the appalling consequences of her tragic death."
Ms McKenzie was "an admirable person" who dedicated her life to the welfare of children, the court heard.
The boy admitted culpable homicide on the grounds of diminished responsibility for the attack on June 24 last year. He lashed out days after his mobile phone, laptop computer and X-box video game console were confiscated. On the day of the killing he was told to go to bed early as punishment for going swimming when he was supposed to be grounded.
Donald Findlay QC, who represented the teenager, described him as a frightened boy: "Biologically and legally he should be out there being one of that generation who is being inspired by events most of us are watching in London. The reality is that (he) faces the formative years of his life in custody."
Lord Pentland imposed a seven-year sentence, reduced from a possible eight years because he pleaded guilty. The boy will be supervised for a further five years.
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