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Court sentences teen to prison for fatal Helsinki Central Station stabbing

A 24-year-old man died during a fight in April next to the train station's exit to Kaisaniemi park.

File photo of Helsinki Central Station. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Helsinki District Court has sentenced a 16-year-old defendant to six and a half years in prison on a young offender manslaughter charge for the fatal stabbing of a 24-year-old man last April at the capital's central railway station.

During the trial, the court heard that the defendant and the victim, who did not know each other previously, first met at the train station and then agreed to move towards the Kaisaniemi Park to fight.

The defendant asked another individual for a multi-tool pocket knife which he then put into his pocket, the prosecutor in the case told the court.

The stabbing took place by tracks 1 and 2, next to the station's exit to the park. During a struggle, the defendant and victim clung to each other until the victim was stabbed in the side of his body, the prosecutor said.

The fight continued until the defendant fled and the victim fell to the ground.

Attempts were made to resuscitate the victim, but he died at the scene.