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Tyler Thompson death: Man jailed for Leicester stabbing

Pravdit Sian Image copyright Leicestershire Police
Image caption Pravdit Sian killed 16-year-old Tyler Thompson in a fight in Leicester

A man who stabbed a teenage boy to death in a street fight has been jailed for nine years for manslaughter.

Tyler Thompson, 16, died after a brawl on Freeman Road in Leicester on 24 November.

Derby Crown Court heard he died in hospital from a stab wound to the chest.

Judge Nirmal Shant ordered Pravdit Sian, 19, from Litelmede, Leicester to serve half of the sentence in custody and half on licence.

The court heard that police were called to a fight involving a group of men in Freeman Road North, next to Humberstone Park, in the early evening.

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Image caption A poster with Tyler Thompson's image was used to publicise an event to raise money for his funeral

Joe Stone, defending, said the defendant was "not someone with a propensity for carrying weapons".

Det Insp Shaun Orton of Leicestershire Police said: "The events of that November evening were tragic and could have been prevented.

"A split decision taken in the heat of the moment changed the lives of two families forever."

Tyler's family said he was "like a ray of sunshine, and he had a smile for everyone. He is so very sorely missed by all who knew him".

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Image caption Tyler Thompson's family said he had a bright future ahead of him

In a statement, they added: "It upsets us knowing that he had his whole life ahead of him, he had a bright future, and he knew where he was going.

"His death has ripped a hole in the family."

Following Tyler's death a memorial gig was organised by Bizzi Dixon, a finalist from BBC TV show The Voice.

Mr Dixon, who said the teenager was a "wonderful, bubbly, friendly young man", helped to raise £950 for the his funeral.

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