‘Jealous’ teenager, 17, who stabbed 15-year-old boy to death over ‘perceived relationship’ with a girl he was obsessively tracking on social media, is jailed for life for his murder
- Kyle Pickles, 17, stabbed 15-year-old Louis Phillips, after tracking down a girl he was with
- Lowe was taken to hospital after the August 8 attack but died four days later
- Pickles pleaded guilty to the murder in October and today was jailed for life
- Judge Roger Thomas said Pickles showed “no sympathy or remorse” for the actions
- Following today’s ruling, Louie’s mother said she is “completely lost” without her son
A jealous teen has been jailed for stabbing a 15-year-old boy to death after tracking a girl on Snapchat for life.
The court heard that Kyle Pickles, 17, stabbed Louis Phillips in the heart in a jealous rage over a ‘perceived relationship’ between Lowe and the girl, then quietly walked away from the scene without a word.
The court heard that he was on police bail at the time of the murder for attacking the girl’s father with a Stanley knife.
Lowe was still conscious after the attack and gave a full account to a police officer as he was taken to the hospital on Sunday, August 8.
He underwent an open-heart surgery to remove the blade and then was transferred to a specialized heart unit where he underwent another surgery.
He died tragically four days later despite the best efforts of the doctors.
Today, the heartbroken Lowe family applauded while Pickles, who admitted to the murder at a hearing in October, was jailed for life for the unprovoked brutal attack.
Kyle Pickles (pictured) was jailed for life today after stabbing 15-year-old Louis Phillips to death after tracking down a girl he was with using the mobile app Snapchat
Louie Phillips (pictured) was conscious after the August 8 attack and was able to file a full police report before being taken to hospital. Tragically, he died four days later
At today’s sentencing hearing, Doncaster Crown Court heard that Pickles, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, stalked a girl using the location function on the Snapchat mobile app.
Honorable Judge Roger Thomas said to Pickles: ‘I knew she would be there on that street and decided you would use your knife against any boy she was with.’
You didn’t even know who he was. They had never met before.
“You are responsible for ending the life of a young boy who had his entire adult life ahead of him.”
The judge further said Pickles showed “no sympathy or remorse” for his actions, and a psychiatrist heard he pleaded guilty “to get less time.”
The court heard that Pickles had been, for weeks, attacking any boy the girl was associated with and breaking into her family’s home to attack her father with a Stanley knife.
Over the course of two months, the teen assaulted six boys he felt were related to the girl and stalked her interactions on social media.
The court heard that a 16-year-old boy was hit on the floor by Pickles before he “run around and kicked his head like a soccer ball”.
Judge Thomas added: “You have shown a complete lack of sympathy or remorse for your actions.
“You fail to understand the suffering his family went through.”
Louise Hartley, Lowe’s mother spoke out after the sentencing, saying she was “completely lost” after her son’s death.
In a statement from the police, she said: “I still live the phone call that Lee Lowe made after he was stabbed, and the following days as I sat by his hospital bed watching him die.
‘I miss Louie constantly. I miss the little moments like him walking around the room to sit with me or calling me to say he’ll be home soon when out with friends.
The world was under Lowe’s feet. He was young, good-looking, and opportunities seemed to open up before him. He loved football and excelled on the field. He also recently started the College of Catering.
He was a very social boy and was charming with girls. He never leaves the house without making sure his hair is perfectly styled.
Lowe’s 16th birthday was on November 4, and I spent it near his grave. I can no longer smile. I feel physically incapable of happiness. I’d feel guilty for doing that knowing that my Lowe couldn’t. I want my son with me here – I love him so much.