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Teen Gets Life For Rush Hour Bus Stabbing
A teenager who admitted murdering a 16-year-old boy as he stepped off a bus in the morning rush hour has been jailed for life.
Azeem Akhtar, from Kings Heath, Birmingham, was ordered to serve a minimum of 16 years and three months in prison after killing Azim Azam, who was on the way to his first day of college.
According to West Midlands Police, it is understood the pair had fallen out previously, with Akhtar telling friends he stabbed Azim with a kitchen knife in revenge for being "snaked" - a slang term for insulted.
Akhtar, of Glen Rise, Kings Heath, hurled abuse at Azim after he got on the bus in September of last year, shouting "what you doing on my bus ? I'm going to deal with you" and "let's go to town", police say.
Akhtar was then captured on CCTV putting on a pair of gloves moments before Azim was stabbed in the chest as he stepped off the bus in the Moseley area of the city.
Detective Superintendent Mark Payne, from West Midlands Police, said the case was a stark warning of the danger of carrying knives in public.
He said: "Had Akhtar not been carrying a knife they may well have had a bit of a dust up and most likely walked away with a few cuts and bruises; who knows, it may well have settled their differences.
"But carrying a knife, or indeed anything that could be used as a weapon, is a game changer: if you set foot in public with a knife you not only endanger other people's lives but also your own."
A statement issued by police on behalf of Azim's family said he left for college "smiling and full of hope".
It said: "We still feel lost and heartbroken over the loss of Azim ? a mother should never have to bury her son.
"Nothing will ever bring our boy back but some peace may be found knowing the person who killed him isn't free to walk the streets carrying a knife, putting further lives at risk. To us this behaviour is so unacceptable."