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CBBC star's murderer is sentenced to life in jail

By Alex Diaz

A man who stabbed a CBBC star to death in an "entirely unprovoked and unnecessary attack" has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum jail term of 17 years.

Carl Beatson-Asiedu, who appeared in the BBC children's series M.I. High, was set upon and stabbed in the heart as he left a club with friends in 2009.

His killer, Jeffrey Okafor (24), confessed to the murder to his girlfriend, but fled to Africa on his brother's passport, sparking a five-year manhunt.

But police caught up with him and he was eventually extradited and yesterday found guilty of murder after a trial at London's Woolwich Crown Court.

Sentencing him to life with a minimum of 17 years and 146 days, Judge Christopher Kinch QC told the defendant: "I have concluded that this was an entirely unprovoked and unnecessary attack in a public place.

"This has been aggravated by the fact that it was a group attack in a public place with violence involving a number of people, and that you took a knife to the scene to use in that attack."

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