A TEENAGER has been convicted of the murder of 15-year-old Reece Tansey.

And a second boy has been found guilty of the Harper Green School student's manslaughter by a Manchester Crown Court jury.

Trial judge Mrs Justice Farbey has taken the verdicts from the jury after 29 hours and 12 minutes of deliberations.

Reece died from multiple stab wounds following an altercation in Walker Avenue, Great Lever in the early hours of May 4.

Two 15-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been on trial, accused of varying roles in the killing.

Boy A had admitted stabbing Reece but denied intending to kill or seriously injure him. Boy B claims he did not know his friend had a knife.

Timeline of events in the Reece Tansey murder trial

Jurors found Boy A guilty of murder by a 10-2 majority.

Boy B was found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter by a unanimous verdict.

Richard Wright QC, who defends Boy A, is appearing in court via a video link and says an additional report will not be needed about him before he is sentenced. The only sentence available for him is detention at "Her Majesty's pleasure".

Nina Grahame QC, for Boy B, says further reports about him can be prepared before the judge considers sentence.

The teenagers will be sentenced on December 20.

Following the verdicts Det Insp Nicola McCulloch, of GMP's Major Incident Team, who led the investigation said: "This was a truly horrific attack by two teenage boys whose heinous actions mean that Reece's families lives will now never be the same and my thoughts are very much with them today.

"Our team of detectives worked around the clock following Reece's death to bring these boys to justice and I hope today's verdicts bring Reece's family some relief.

"This incident should be a stark reminder to all those who carry knives that your actions can destroy lives and GMP will not tolerate knife crime. If you use a knife as a weapon you will face the consequences."