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Maxine Benson jailed for murdering Alfie Stone after pasta row

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Image caption Maxine Benson handed herself into police two days after the attack

A woman who murdered a teenager during a row over pasta must serve a minimum of 23 years in jail.

Maxine Benson, 33, stabbed 18-year-old Alfie Stone after accusing him or his older brother of eating her food.

The Old Bailey heard she attacked Mr Stone outside Tesco Express in High Road, Ickenham, west London, on 9 November last year.

Benson was filmed on CCTV wielding the knife. Passers-by rushed to give first aid but Mr Stone later died.

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Image caption Alfie Stone died hours after the attack

Afterwards, the defendant, of no fixed address, fled the scene but handed herself in to police two days later.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as blood loss and a stab wound to the heart.

The jury cleared Corinne Cripps, 29, and her boyfriend, Steve Hawgood, 28, of murder.

A decision on whether they should face a retrial on charges of manslaughter is pending.

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