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A neighbour of one the two 12-year-old boys who killed Shawn Seesahai called him “twisted in the head” and revealed that he had barbed wire installed to keep him away from his property.

The two boys have become the youngest knife murderers in the UK after they stabbed the 19-year-old through the heart with a 42.5cm-long machete last November.

One of the boys was such a “nasty piece of work”, that his own neighbour decided to put up a spiked wire perimeter and metal bars to barricade his home.

He also erected a sign warning of 24 hour CCTV at the property in order to deter the 12-year-old from causing any trouble.

He told The Times: “I’ve got the barbed wire up. I put it up four or five months after he moved in. It took me a while to work out what he was.

“He moved in, I gave him boxing gear, fishing gear. Then I found out what he was, then I told him to leave me alone. They told me he moved here because he was involved with gangs. You’d see the gangs come with him, he’d told them where he was."

He said the boy, who was frequently spotted with the other killer, was repeatedly brought back to his own home by the police.

The pair of 12-year-olds, who blamed each other for the killing, have become the youngest convicted murderers since Jon Venables and Robert Thompson were detained for killing James Bulger, more than 30 years ago.

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The jury deemed both responsible, even though only one of them had struck the fatal blow.

The neighbour told The Telegraph: “His friend was always with him. They were always together, pinching, night after night. Scum, that's all he was.”

Family members of both the victim and the defendants cried and hugged each other in the public gallery as jurors unanimously found both boys guilty of murder.

During the month-long trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the jury was told that the 19-year-old victim went to Wolverhampton’s Stowlawn playing fields on November 13 with a friend. They were sitting on a bench when they encountered the two boys, who had been with two girls of the same age.

Seesahai was shoulder-barged by the smaller of the two defendants, who “often” carried a machete, before being punched, kicked, stamped on and “chopped” at with the weapon.

The victim’s friend, who was with him at the time of the attack, said they both fled, however Seesahai stumbled and fell to the ground.

The 19-year-old was struck with the weapon on his back, legs, and skulls, with a blow so hard on the latter that a “piece of bone had actually come away”, jurors were told.

Speaking about the boy’s court case, the neighbour said: “I knew it was coming. The best they could do was find him guilty, but he’s 12. What’s that going to do? He’s going to end up out of there in eight years. He’s twisted in the head, he’s not right in the head. Imagine what he’s capable of doing at 18.”

Yesterday, a horrifying exchange between the killers was revealed, with one of the 12-year-olds declaring “it is what it is”, a day after the pair attacked the teenager with a machete.

In a conversation retrieved by police, the two discussed their murder in a chilling exchange on social media app Snapchat.

“Everyone's talking abt (sic) it, literally everyone, everyone knows,” the first killer said.

The second responded with a voice note where they said: “It is what it is.”

The pair, who were both found guilty of murder at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, then shared more messages, saying: “I'm scared man” - before the other says “I'm not”, followed by the acronym “IDRC” which means “I don't really care”.

The first killer responds with a voice note: “I ain't said nowt (sic) cause every time I talk about it, like I act weird apparently so (inaudible) comes and goes.”

“I'm just scared your you too (sic),” the other replies.

The two 12-year-old murderers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are expected to be sentenced in July.

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