A 17-year-old boy has been handed a life sentence for the murder of Cork IT student Cameron Blair, but his sentence will be reviewed in 13 years.
The boy, who can’t be named because he is under 18, admitted stabbing the 20-year-old at a house party in Cork city last January.
At his sentence hearing earlier this month, the court heard he stabbed him with a large kitchen knife because he wrongly thought his friend was in danger.
Before passing sentence today, the judge described what he did as a “vicious attack carried out with determination and intent on a defenceless young man”.
The boy will be 18 next month, and would have been tried and sentenced as an adult if he had been convicted after his 18th birthday.
Aidan Donnelly, uncle of Cameron Blair, spoke outside court on behalf of the Blair family.
He said: "Cameron, we miss you terribly - you will never be forgotten, you will always be remembered.
"In your short 20 years you did a lot, we did a lot, and we thank you for the joy and love you brought into our lives.
"Until we meet again, rest easy in peace Cam."