Who are Olly Stephens’ killers and where are they now?

SCHOOLBOY Olly Stephens was stabbed to death in a park near his home when he was just 13 years old in January 2021.

Two teenagers were found guilty of his murder, while a third admitted manslaughter — here we take a look at who the killers are and where they are now.

PAOlly Stephens was killed just a stone’s throw from his home in Reading, Berkshire.[/caption]

Who killed Olly Stephens?

Two 14-year-old boys, one of whom was 13 at the time of the killing, were convicted of Olly’s murder following a trial at Reading Crown Court in the summer of 2021.

The pair were sentenced on September 24, 2021, to 12 and 13 years respectively in a young offender institution.

A girl who set up the “ambush” had already admitted manslaughter and did not stand trial.

She was 13 when Olly was killed, and was originally given three years and two months, but her term was increased to five years after appeal judges decided the initial sentence was unduly lenient.

The three convicted teens cannot be named for legal reasons. 

What happened to Olly Stephens?

Olly was tricked into coming to Bugs Bottom field where he was stabbed to death in a frenzied ambush by two other boys on January 3, 2021.

The attack took place just a stone’s throw from his home in Reading, Berkshire.

Jurors were told his killers had shared several hostile messages about him on messaging app Snapchat in the days leading up to the stabbing.

Coming face-to-face with his son’s killers in court in September 2021, Olly’s dad Stuart relived the horrifying moment he sprinted to find his son dying.

He said: “The cruel actions of a vain selfish girl has led to Olly being trapped and slain.

[Ollie] was hilariously funny, charming and beautiful

Ollie’s familyStatement

“The day she walked into his life is a day we will forever regret.

“We as a family hold all three of you equally accountable for his death, there will be no forgiveness from us, ever. 

“We are no longer the people we were and we will never be the same again.”

PAInvestigators searching Bugs Bottom field, Emmer Green, Reading on January 4, 2021[/caption]

Where are his killers now?

The court was told the two boys had “grievances” with Olly, while the girl described any violence against him as “karma” in the run-up to his death.

The younger of the two boys, who was aged 13 at the time, inflicted the fatal blows on Olly’s body.

Olly’s family revealed that the 13-year-old had autism, as well as suspected pathological demand avoidance, a profile that also sits on the autism spectrum. 

They paid tribute to the teenager in a statement issued by Thames Valley Police on January 5, 2021.

It said: “Oliver was an enigma, having both Autism and suspected Pathological Demand Avoidance he became a challenge we never shied away from.

“He was hilariously funny, charming and beautiful.”

The three teens involved in his death are serving their sentences at young offender institutions.

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