THE teen who stabbed an 18-year-old to death in Bournemouth town centre has been sentenced to 12 years in a young offenders' institute.

Thomas Betteridge, 18, killed Cameron Hamilton after a fight broke out in the Square during the early hours of Saturday, August 5, 2023.

He was found guilty of manslaughter after a four week trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

Betteridge, of Southsea, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court today.

He was also sentenced for a charge of possession of a bladed article.

Betteridge was handed a 12 year sentence in a Young Offenders' Institute, with a custodial period of nine years and an extended licence period of three years.

A second defendant, 18 year-old Lennie Hansen, faced trial alongside Betteridge accused of swapping shoes with him to help him avoid police detection after the stabbing.

The jury found him not guilty of assisting an offender.

Hansen had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of a bladed article, which related to him bringing the knife that Betteridge used to Bournemouth on the day of the fatal stabbing.

Hansen is due to be sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on May 3.