A baby-faced 16-year-old who stabbed a man to death has been found guilty of murder.
Haris Mohammed attacked Tom Webb, who had been out with his friends shopping, earlier this year after one of his friends made comment about a young woman who was walking past being ‘fit.’
One of Mohammed’s friends overheard the comment and told him about it.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that the 16-year-old, who had been in McDonald’s, confronted Mr Webb about the comment and pulled out a knife to which Mr Webb “called his bluff and suggested he wouldn’t stab him”.
The teen then stabbed Mr Webb in the chest and instantly regretted it saying: “what have I done?”
The court also heard how the teenager tried to cover his tracks by hiding the knife in a McDonald’s cup which was later recovered by police.
Mr Webb, who was 22-years-old, was taken to hospital but died a short while later on January 19.
Mohammed claimed in court that he acted in self-defence after Mr Webb tried to attack him with a glass bottle but the jury rejected this after overwhelming evidence.
The mother of the victim paid tribute to her son outside court, saying: “Tom was everything to me.”
“I have no mother, I have no father, I have no other children, no husband or partner. Tom was my entire family and I’ll miss him, but I have his memory.”
When asked how she felt about the killer, she said: “I feel for his family.”
Prosecutor Michael Auty QC, said: “Haris Mohammed could have walked away at any time. He could have stayed in McDonald’s.”
“For no reason at all, save to exude an aura of menace and power to those meekly trailing along in his wake, he must, at the very least, have had the intention to cause some really serious bodily harm.”
Det Ch Insp Dave Cox, who led the investigation said: “Not only is a family grieving for the loss of a young man, another family will now be grieving for a teenager who will undoubtedly spend a long time behind bars.”
Haris Mohammed will be sentenced on 29 July.