Boy, 16, charged with murder of Bexley stabbing victim Ben Lines
16 October 2019, 09:41
A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of Ben Lines in Bexley, south-east London.
The 20-year-old was rushed to hospital after being knifed in the chest on Barnehurst Avenue after a car crash on Sunday.
Medics spent three hours battling to save his life but Mr Lines sadly died.
The teenage suspect is due to appear in Bromley Youth Court later today.
A 17-year-old who was arrested on Monday has also been arrested on suspicion of murder, and has been released on bail until later this month.
Another 16-year-old who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has been released without further charge.
Mr Lines - who is the 70th fatal London stabbing victim of 2019 - has been remembered as someone with a "heart of gold" by friends and family.
A friend posted on social media: “A boy with a heart of gold that never deserved this, this isn’t fair, when will something change?”
Former school friend Sarah Golding, 19, told the Evening Standard: “He was a genuinely lovely boy. He had a big heart he cared about other people more than he cared about himself.”