A teenage 'hoodie' who stabbed to death a trainee surveyor in Birmingham city centre after robbing him of #40 has been jailed for life.
Paul Tanner, aged 23 and described as "gentle and much-loved", was killed by Antwya Bennett (pictured) during the street robbery in the Jewellery Quarter.
At an earlier hearing, Bennett (17), of Farm Street, Newtown, and described as "immature, poorly educated," had admitted murder.
Sentencing him at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, the judge Mr Justice Mitting said the senseless killing had robbed Paul Tanner's family of a young man on the threshold of a successful adult life.
Bennett must serve at least 14 years before he can be considered for parole.
Two other schoolboys aged 15 and 14, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery and one count of armed robbery. They were both ordered to be detained for two-and-half years.
The judge said he was satisfied the trio had acted as a team during an earlier robbery nearby. Lifting an order banning the identification of Bennett, he said: "You three young men set out to commit predatory robberies on young men and women returning home after a night out in Birmingham's entertainment quarter.
"Bennett, you armed yourself with a knife with a sharp six-inch blade. Each of you knew it was carried.
"You targeted those who would be likely to have things worth stealing.
"In any case in which a knife is used for that purpose there's a certainty of terror for the victims and risk of serious injury to them."
Mr Mitting accepted that in the case of the two unnamed boys "neither of you foresaw that the knife might be used for lethal intent".
He added: "You Bennett did use it with lethal intent and killed a blameless, young man who did nothing whatsoever to provoke you."
Stephen Linehan QC, prosecuting, told the court the gang, wearing hoods and scarves to hide their faces, had gone "looking for victims" in the Jewellery Quarter.
They had robbed a couple before crossing St Paul's churchyard to attack Mr Tanner and his friend Jonathan Devaney as they returned home from a night out in the city centre.
Sensing they were about to be attacked, Mr Devaney ran through the three teenagers.
However, Mr Linehan said, Paul Tanner offered no resistance when confronted.
"There he stood, with Bennett in front of him, the other two patted down his clothes and took his wallet," said Mr Linehan.
"Having drawn the knife from his waistband, he thrust it into Mr Tanner's abdomen, stepping forward as he did so."
Mr Devaney called the police but Mr Tanner later bled to death in hospital while his family maintained a bedside vigil.
Ironically, Mr Tanner was stabbed in the very square where his father, John Tanner, had worked, Mr Linehan said.
He added: "His family were naturally proud of him and delighted by the success he had achieved by his hard work."