About sharing image copyrightFacebook image captionThe court heard Angela Wrightson was found dead in her blood-spattered living room with more than injuries Two year-old girls who "battered and tortured" a woman to death in her own home have been found guilty of murder.
Angela Wrightson, 39, was found in her living earlington with more than injuries - including 80 to her face - in Hartlepool in December The girls, then aged 13 and 14, used a variety of weapons including a coffee table and a computer printer. They then rang police for a lift home before taking a selfie in the back of the van, Leeds Crown Court heard. Both girls, who cannot be named, were in tears upon conviction.
The chaotic life and brutal death of Angela Wrightson Ms Wrightson was found naked from the waist down and grit and shards of glass had been scattered over her, jurors heard. Blood-stained pictures of clkbs used in the attack, which lasted more than five Freaky friday couples ok, have been released by police. They included a wooden stick laced with screws, a television set, a shovel, ornaments, a picture frame and a kettle.
The court heard Ms Wrightson was forcibly restrained while the pair "battered and tortured" her in a "sustained and brutal" attack. In a statement after the verdicts, Ms Wrightson's family said: "Angie was attacked and brutally murdered in her own home, a place where we all have the right to feel safe.
No sentence, regardless of its severity, will ever bring Angie back. On the evening of the murder, they let themselves into her home and asked her to go to the shop for them.
Both had been drinking before they arrived and the older girl told the court she had taken prescription drugs earlier in the day. Their s to the court of what happened next differed, but the jury heard that Ms Wrightson, who was 5ft sdult and weighed six-and-a-half stone, was assaulted in 12 separate locations around the room.
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The court was shown photos taken by the duo of themselves and Ms Wrightson during the evening of the attack. The older girl accepted she struck the victim but said she did not intend her serious harm and shifted the darlinggon on to her accomplice, telling the jury her younger friend told her to carry out the attack.
But the younger of the two said she played no part in the assault and did not encourage her co-accused in any way. She told police her friend became angry and launched the attack after Ms Wrightson made a comment about her family. An independent safeguarding adult review is being undertaken regarding the victim, while independent Serious Case Reviews are being carried out in respect of the two children, Hartlepool Aduot Council said.
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Chief executive Gill Alexander said: "Incidents like this are extremely rare, but we need to do everything possible to try to better understand what motivated the two children to behave as they did. The girls' faces have been pixellated centre and far right to protect their identities Gerry Wareham, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "In our society it is hard to imagine that two girls of such a young age could be capable of such violence. One can only imagine the fear and distress that she must have felt dadlington the final hours of her life.