Thursday 23 March 2017

Chilling matter-of-fact interview reveals girl (15) was 'driving force' behind double murder

Tributes to Elizabeth Edwards and Katie outside their home
Tributes to Elizabeth Edwards and Katie outside their home

Matthew Cooper

The 15-year-old girl convicted of the Spalding double murder was the "driving force" behind the killings and bluntly confessed her role in a matter-of-fact interview.

After asking detectives "Should I explain it all?" at the start of two separate interviews held on the same day, the teenager even detailed how she unzipped a holdall containing four knives, including the weapon used to kill Elizabeth and Katie Edwards.

Moments after dinnerlady Ms Edwards was stabbed in the neck in her bed, the female defendant entered the room to see if her boyfriend was all right.

"I went into the room to see what was going on," she later told detectives. "I just wanted to check if he was OK.

"I thought I heard her say 'Get off me' but I am not entirely sure. Then after about 10 minutes of him putting his weight on her, she died.

"I remember the two large knives being just average kitchen knives. He slowly walked through the bedroom onto the landing and slowly opened the door."

Tributes outside a house in Spalding, Lincolnshire, where a woman and her daughter were found dead as two 14-year-olds have been charged with murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016
Tributes outside a house in Spalding, Lincolnshire, where a woman and her daughter were found dead as two 14-year-olds have been charged with murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 17, 2016

The girl even informed police how she had backed out of stabbing the younger victim at the last minute, and urged her boyfriend to minimise noise by taking off his shoes.

She told officers: "I whispered 'What about your shoes?' - we had planned for him to take them off and he said 'It doesn't matter'.

"When I opened the T-shirt that had the knives in, he said 'Are you sure you want to do this?' I said yes.

"I said I didn't exactly want to kill (the younger victim) and he said 'I'll do it instead'."

After hearing the older victim kicking out, the girl said she entered the room and saw four drops of blood on a wall as Ms Edwards was still making gurgling noises.

She then told police "I think I said 'Is she dead?' Then he went like that with his fingers - checked her pulse - and then he got off of her.

"Then he took his shoes off, left them near the bed and then left the room. I didn't see any wounds, I didn't necessarily want to look at it."

The girl said she then went into the bathroom because she "didn't want to watch again" as Katie was smothered.

"At this point in time I went back into the bathroom and I was sat on the floor," she told police. "All I could hear was 'get off me' in a scary voice, all croaky. I couldn't see anything."

In his closing submissions on the girl's behalf, defence QC Andrew Stubbs questioned whether a killer had ever made a more clear and open acceptance of responsibility.

The barrister told the court that the girl's "hideously and tragically" true account of the killings was not disputed by the Crown.

Mr Stubbs said: "From the outset she could not have made the Crown's task in proving what happened any easier than she has done.

"She hasn't hid her involvement. She has been brutally honest and could hardly have told the police any more."

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