A court in Egypt has sentenced two men to death by hanging for stabbing a 14-year-old to death for his iPhone.
The two had been friends of victim Youssef Mustafa Naji Suleiman and planned their armed robbery after learning he had bought the smartphone.
They ambushed him as he headed to a friend’s funeral in the city of El Mahalla El Kubra, Gharbia Governorate, in June last year.
They stopped him in his tracks and demanded he hand them his new phone, but Youssef refused.
One of the pair then pulled a knife and plunged the blade into the teenager’s neck.
Prosecutors said he stabbed him repeatedly while his accomplice stopped passers-by from coming to Youssef’s aid.
The blood-soaked teen was rushed to hospital but died in the intensive care unit from a massive chest wound.
Local media named the killers as Mahmoud M. and Aladdin M., both found guilty for murder at the Criminal Court in El Mahalla El Kubra on 19th February.
Youssef’s mother told Arab media she was happy with the verdict but is still grieving for her son.
It is not clear if the sentence is final or if it may be appealed.