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Teenager denies murder of 12-year-old Roberts Buncis

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A teenager has denied murdering a 12-year-old boy and said the victim died due to wounds from his own knife.

Roberts Buncis was found dead in Fishtoft, near Boston in Lincolnshire, on 12 December last year – two days before his birthday.

The accused boy, who was 14 at the time, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter but denies murder.

His barrister, Brendan Kelly QC, asked if he had taken a knife with him to woods on the night of the killing.

He told a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court: “No, I did not.”

Asked which knife had caused the fatal wounds to the victim, he replied: “His knife.”

The boy said he sometimes carried a knife when he was buying cannabis as he “didn’t want to get robbed”, but that he did not have one on him regularly.

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He said he used cannabis every day and drank “every other day” towards the end of 2020.

The accused boy, who is now 15, is too young to legally be named.

He said he had known Roberts for three or four months, and that they had met in a town centre when a fight took place, but that neither were involved in it.

He told the court he had never seen Roberts with a knife when he was out.

The trial continues.