INNOCENT: "I Murdered Them." Girl Cleared.

10 02 2008

Schoolgirl who filmed herself ‘trying to kill her parents’ is cleared of attempted murder

A troubled schoolgirl who filmed herself as she tried to strangle her mother and then stab her father was today cleared of attempted murder.

After the jury delievered its verdict Judge Gareth Hawkesworth told the 16-year-old he will do everything in his power to help her.

The girl was convicted of a charge of attempting to choke, suffocate and strangle her mother and attempting to unlawfully wound her father. Scroll down for more…
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The girl ‘filmed herself in her bedroom explaining what she planned to do before switching to the downstairs living room’
Adjourning the case for reports the judge at Cambridge crown court told the jury it had been an “extraordinary and difficult case”.

Addressing the eight men and four women but making sure his words could be heard by the girl, he said: “This court recognises that this young lady is in need of help and support and this court is going to do all in its power to bring that about”

He added: “This is not a case in my judgement where the only issue is punishment.”

The girl was remanded to a secure psychiatric unit for teenagers until her sentence.

Before leaving court she was hugged by her mother and father who had been in the public gallery and who during the trial had given evidence against her.

It was following an argument with her father last February that the girl, then 15, came into the living room from her bedroom at the family’s home.

She had with her a video recorder which she set up on the arm of a chair so that it was trained on her mum who was sitting at a computer.

The girl, described as highly intelligent and theatrical, with a keen interest in film making, drama and writing, had dressed herself especially for the occasion.

She was wearing a seductive strappy silk nightdress for what the prosecution was to describe in court as “the performance of her life.”

She had brushed out her long brown hair and applied make up to make herself look glamorous film star.

The girl had with her a noose made from two dressing gown cords with which to strangle her mother and a pair of scissors to stab her father.

The chilling video was played to the jury at the start of the trial when she pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to murder her parents, both IT workers.

She also denied a charge of attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle her mother with intent and attempting to unlawfully wound her father with intent.

She has admitted two counts of common assault on her parents.

In the video, which the jury saw, the girl first delivered a chilling speech to the camera in her bedroom in which which she discussed her plan to kill her parents.

Shortly before there had been a blazing row between her and her dad about her habit of eating food from a small child’s plastic bowl.

She had ended up in tears and gone to her bedroom.

She says on the video “I made this film so that no one could day it was only manslaughter, or self defense or anything else.

“I want full credit for this. I murdered them.”

The teenager then took the camera downstairs to the living room and set it up so that it was pointing at her mother sitting at the computer unaware of what was about to happen.

In the film, the commentary from a televised rugby match could be heard and her father was laying on a sofa nearby watching the Saturday night Six Nations game between England and Wales.

As the film continued, the girl walked up to her mother, and standing directly behind her looped a length of dressing gown cord around her neck.

At first, the mother said: “What are you doing? That is not very funny.”

The teenager replied: “It’s not meant to be funny.” As the film continued, the girl pulled the cord tight.

Moments later, the mother said “Then stop doing it, let go.”

Her daughter replied: “No I am not going to let go.”

By now, the mother had swivelled around in her chair to face the daughter, who still had the cord tight around her neck.

The mother then said to the girl “You are strangling me” and calling her husband’s name to tell him: “She is strangling me.”

The figure of the father appeared in view as he made his way towards his wife and daughter with his back to the camera…




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