Jermaine Cools: Teenager pleads guilty to murder of boy, 14on January 9, 2023 at 10:46 am

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A 17-year-old boy admits murdering Jermaine Cools, London’s youngest stabbing victim in 2021.

Jermaine Cools

A teenager has admitted murdering a 14-year-old boy who was London’s youngest stabbing victim in 2021.

Jermaine Cools was attacked near West Croydon station in south London on 18 November 2021 and took himself to hospital where he later died.

A post-mortem examination gave Jermaine’s cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey on Monday and is due to be sentenced on 24 February.

London Road scene in West Croydon

The victim’s family was in court for the guilty plea. The defendant, who cannot be named due to his age, previously admitted possessing a knife in London Road on the same date.

Last November, a plaque was unveiled near to the place where Jermaine died.

At the time his father, Julius Cools, said: “I want him to rest in peace by getting justice for him.”

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