Thursday, 28 April 2016

The 32-year-old stabbed Alfie Stone, 18, in the heart outside a Tesco Express after blaming him for her pasta going missing.
21:14, UK,Wednesday 27 April 2016
Maxine Benson and Alfie Stone
A woman has been jailed for life with a minimum of 23 years and six months for knifing a teenager in a row over pasta.
Maxine Benson, 32, murdered Alfie Stone, 18, after claiming during a row that he or his older brother had eaten her food.
The Old Bailey heard Benson was caught on CCTV wielding a knife outside a Tesco Express in Ickenham, west London, on 9 November last year.
She was also seen by members of the public who rushed to give Alfie first aid after he was attacked.
The teenager died within hours - a post-mortem examination found he died from blood loss and a stab wound to the heart.
Benson, of no fixed address, fled the scene but handed herself in two days later.
Detective Chief Inspector Nicky Wall, from Scotland Yard, said: "Alfie Stone was a much-loved young man who lost his life in tragic circumstances.
"Today the court has reached a decision on Benson and we welcome the outcome."
Benson's co-defendants, Corinne Cripps, 29, from Ickenham, and her boyfriend Steve Hawgood, 28, from West Drayton, were cleared of murder.
The jury could not reach a verdict on a lesser charge of manslaughter, and a decision on whether both will face a retrial will take place later.