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1. Teen girl killed seven-year-old Katie Rough to “test if she was a robot”, court hears.
16-year-old girl admits killing seven-year-old Katie Rough with a Stanley knife – but denies murder https://t.co/g8oZI2cbqV
— The Sun (@TheSun) July 3, 2017
On January 9 this year, seven-year-old Katie Rough was seen playing in a field near her York home with an older, teen girl. Fifteen minutes later, Katie had been brutally murdered.
A 16-year-old girl – who cannot be named for legal reasons – has appeared in a UK court this week in relation to the little girl’s death.
She was just 15 at the time of Katie’s death, and was charged in the days following the horrific crime.
The teen pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility – the court heard she had a history of depression, delusion beliefs and self-harm – but denied murdering Katie, The Sun reports.
Leeds Crown Court heard she was suffering from a schizo-personality disorder at the time Katie was attacked.
Prosecutor Graham Reeds, QC, said the teen “thought that Katie was not human and was a robot” and killed her to “test” if she was a human.
Katie was allegedly found with a six centimetre wound to her neck and a 20 centimetre cut on her torso. A post mortem concluded she had died from asphyxiation before she was brutally cut by the teen.
The court told the accused had a stuffed toy in her bedroom, which had had its ears ripped off and chest sliced open with a Stanley knife.
The court heard the teenager had been having “bad thoughts” for months.
“[She thought] people around her might not be human and may be under the power of a higher and hostile force,” Prosecutor Reeds said.
Sentencing has been postponed until July 20, pending further psychiatric evaluation of the teenager.
2. A toddler has died after being hit by a car in the driveway of his own home.
— The Courier-Mail (@couriermail) July 3, 2017