Saturday 23 September 2017

Bus stab girl's inquest adjourned

Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham last Thursday
Christina Edkins was stabbed on a bus in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham last Thursday
Police at the scene of the stabbing in Edgbaston
Tributes left for Christina Edkins on Hagley Road, Edgbaston

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a teenage girl who was stabbed on a bus as she travelled to school.

Christina Edkins, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene of the stabbing on the top deck of a bus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, last Thursday.

Her father confirmed his daughter's name, date of birth, address and funeral arrangements in the hearing at Birmingham's Coroner's Court.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jones, leading the investigation into her killing, was asked by Birmingham Coroner Aidan Cotter what the circumstances of Christina's death were.

He said: "On the morning of March 7 Christina was on the number 9 bus heading out of the city and was approached by a male and stabbed once. Sadly, despite the efforts of members of the public and the ambulance service, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Following that, an arrest of a man was made, and he is being dealt with by police officers and I hope shortly to be charging him with murder."

A post-mortem examination determined the cause of death as a stab wound to the chest.

West Midlands Police have been authorised to charge 22-year-old Phillip Simelane with the murder of Christina, who was travelling to Leasowes High School in Halesowen when she was attacked. Simelane, from Walsall, is being held under the Mental Health Act in a secure unit and has yet to be formally charged.

Mr Cotter asked if the suspect would be produced at the Crown Court, if charged, given he was under the supervision of a mental health team, and Mr Jones confirmed Simelane would have to appear.

Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his condolences to Christina's family earlier in the week.

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