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Boy, 13, guilty of woman's murder in Smethwick

A 13-year-old boy has been found guilty of murdering a woman found dead in a West Midlands street.

The body of Glynis Bensley, 47, was found in Cheshire Street, Smethwick just before midnight on 3 September.

A second defendant, Zoheb Majib, 20, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, was cleared of murder, but found guilty of manslaughter.

Both defendants were also found guilty of robbery. They will be sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court on 17 April.

A post-mortem examination found Mrs Bensley died of a head injury

'Grow old together'

Mrs Bensley had visited the Seven Stars pub in Smethwick and was on her way home when she was attacked, West Midlands Police said.

Police said she was hit by the 13-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, who was then joined by Majid on a bicycle.

After he had robbed her, the youth stamped on her face with such force that his footprint was left on her cheek, a spokesman said.

Mrs Bensley's sister Dawn said: "Glynis was my only sister and best friend - I would describe her as my right arm and I thought we would grow old together."

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