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Schoolboy, 14, ‘tried to chop 12-year-old’s hand off in stabbing frenzy murder leaving knife tip in his skull’

A SCHOOLBOY, 14, tried to chop a 12-year-old's hand off during a frenzied murder - and left the tip of the knife in the younger lad's skull, a court has heard.

Prosecutors claim the defendant lured the boy from his home before knifing him to death on a village green - and texting pals: "Bro, I have done something bad."

Roberts Buncis was repeatedly knifed in the neck, chest, abdomen and head with such ferocity the blade snapped, leaving part of it embedded in his head.

It also appeared that his attacker had tried to amputate his hand with the blade.

His body was found in woodland in Boston, Lincolnshire, just two days before his 13th birthday on December 12 last year.

A teenager who can't be named for legal reasons has gone on trial at Lincoln Crown Court charged with his murder.

Jurors heard Roberts, originally from Latvia, was lured to his death by the defendant, who he considered a friend, after the pair exchanged Facebook messages.

Roberts was then subjected to a "savage" and ''brutal, prolonged attack" before he was left to die. His body was discovered at 10am the following day.

The court was told the youth defendant later sent messages to other friends on Facebook Messenger admitting "things went wrong" - and telling them: "This wasn't supposed to go down like this."

Prosecutor Mary Loram QC told jurors the defendant's home was searched - and police dogs discovered a knife under a pot.

"On that knife was the blood of Roberts and also of the defendant," she said.

“There was a Nike top that was found partially burnt and in the pocket of that top were some latex gloves.

"These had the defendant's own blood on them, and that must have been from a significant cut that he had to his hand.

“Roberts' DNA was also found on those gloves."

Messages sent by the defendant to pals after the alleged murder were then read aloud.

In one, he reportedly said: "I never met Rob because he was dead, so everyone stop asking me where the f*** he is."

Miss Loram said: “You may have to distinguish between teenage bravado, stupidity and actual intent."

Detailing the injuries sustained by Roberts, she said: “This was not lashing out. To cause this amount of injury must have taken time and it was truly a sustained attack."

The youth denies murder. The trial continues.

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