Roberts Buncis was killed in a woodland by his pal (Image: PA)
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A teenager has been convicted of murdering his 12-year-old friend after luring him to woodland and attempting to decapitate him.
The 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, repeatedly stabbed Roberts Buncis on ground off Alcorn Green in Fishtoft, near Boston, Lincolnshire, on December 12 last year, just two days before his 13th birthday.
A trial at Lincoln Crown Court heard that the defendant "intended at the very least to inflict serious violence" on his young victim because "he was a snitch".
The teenager claimed Roberts had taken the knife to the scene and he "lost control" when the youngster attempted to stab him.
Jurors dismissed the defendant's account, and instead concluded he was "motivated by anger and tried to punish the deceased rather than losing self-control".
Flowers were left at the scene of the murder in December last year
(Image: MEN Media)
The youth admitted manslaughter mid way through his trial but denied murder.
Originally from Latvia, Roberts was being raised by his single father Edgars Buncis, who brought him to the UK to give him a better life, a family friend previously told the Mirror.
Family friend Edijs Peculis told the Mirror that Roberts moved to the UK six years ago.
Mr Peculis said: "He was a nice boy, originally from the Latvian city Liepaja.
Roberts with his dad Edgars, who brought him to the UK
"Edgars with Roberts came for the first time to England in 2014 December.
"Edgars is a hard-working man and for a better future for the child the family moved to Boston.
It is understood Roberts' mum lives in Latvia.
Heartbroken friends wishes Roberts a happy birthday "in heaven", with one writing on Facebook: "May you have the best time of your life up there and party hard for your 13th."
A devastated school friend told the Mirror that Roberts was a popular student at Haven High Academy, where they would chat about YouTube channels.
The 12-year-old boy said: “He was kind, caring and he often came up to me and said 'do you want to talk' and that.
“He did have a lot of friends that he used to play with.
"Those that do know him, they're sad."
Paying tribute on social media, a family friend wrote: "Another innocent child lost… I can't believe that you're gone already at such a young age.
"You were such a sweet boy and would put such big smiles on peoples faces.
"I can't believe the pain your family is going through right now, this news is so devastating, and it happened so fast.
"The pain that your family and close friends are going through now is unbelievable. You're missed by so many."