Teenager sentenced to life for manslaughter of seven-year-old

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 24, 2017

A teenage girl has been given a life sentence for manslaughter for killing seven-year-old Katie Rough in a park in York.

Katie Rough died in a field yards from her home in York after being attacked by the 16-year-old, who can not be named because she was 15 at the time.

He said: "The level of danger to the public is high".

She sat between a court usher and youth offending officer with her arms folded and head bowed throughout the hearing.

Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a field in the Woodthorpe area of York on January 9 and did not respond to frantic attempts to revive her.

At an earlier hearing the court was told that the teenager was found standing in a cul-de-sac covered in blood and carrying a blood-stained Stanley knife as she rang 999 to tell police what she had done.

The most notorious case involved Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, who were convicted of killing two-year-old James Bulger in Liverpool in 1993 when they were 10 years old.

The prosecutor told the judge the teenager was given medication for anxiety and depression, and had suffered from delusions during 2016.

The packed court heard how experts still cannot agree on what is the girl's mental disorder, and how long it will take before she can no longer be considered a danger.

Prosecutors said the defendant was suffering from delusional thoughts, including the belief that people "weren't human and were robots".

"The defendant pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Katie on the grounds of diminished responsibility and we accepted that plea after very careful consideration of the psychiatric reports".

The judge told her: 'The gravity of the offence of killing a small child speaks for itself'.

The judge was told this was because she had failed to engage with doctors.

"Our story is about a loving home and family that was torn apart on the day we lost our daughter".

The statement said: "Katie's memory will live on in our hearts but also more widely, as a little girl who brought more colour to her world".

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