Teenager sentenced to minimum of 15 years for murder


A teenager has been handed a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years after he was convicted of the murder of Corby teen Rayon Pennycook.

Rayon, aged 16, died on May 25, 2021, after suffering a single stab wound during a knife fight with Stefan Draca in Reynolds Road after both boys intervened in a fight between two girls.

On December 2, 2021, following an investigation by Northamptonshire Police’s Major Crime Team, a jury at Northampton Crown Court unanimously convicted Draca of Rayon’s murder, and of the illegal possession of a knife.

The sentencing hearing at the same court on Friday, January 14, 2022, is the first time Draca can be legally named as he has now turned 18.

Presiding judge – His Honour Judge David Herbert sentenced Draca, of Landseer Court, Corby, to a life sentence with a minimum of 15 years for murder, with a concurrent three years for the illegal possession of a knife.

Addressing Draca, Judge Herbert said: “You went to Reynolds Road for confrontation and were prepared for violence. You used the knife you took to the scene and stabbed Rayon Pennycook in the chest.

“This case highlights the danger of knives.”

Speaking afterwards, senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Pete Long said: “From the outset, this case has been one of utter tragedy. A talented, promising and much-loved young man has lost his life, and another now faces a significant jail term and the loss of his future prospects, as well as having to live with what he has done forever.

“While I welcome today’s sentence, nothing can repair the heartbreak suffered by Rayon’s family. Throughout our investigation they have shown nothing but dignity and strength, all while deeply mourning him.

“They will carry their loss and pain for the rest of their lives, and I hope Stefan Draca uses his time in prison to reflect, atone and learn to make better choices.

“This case shows just how dangerous it is to carry a knife – all it takes is one injury to end a life and ruin countless others forever.

“As ever, our thoughts remain with Rayon’s family and friends.”