Teenager stabbed to death as she babysits on St Stephen's night
Published 29/12/2011 | 11:35
A CHURCHGOING teenage babysitter was stabbed to death as she looked after her young niece and nephew on St Stephen's night.
Art student Chatherine Wynter, 19, described as 'beautiful and caring', was killed in the attack at her older sister Sabrina'shouse on St Stephen's night.
The teenager's body was discovered the next day by her mother Joy Briscoe, 57, when she called at the address in Herts in England.
Last night Ms Briscoe said the whole family was devastated.
The children, aged three and four, had been in the house at the time and were yesterday being interviewed by specially-trained police officers.
An 18-year-old man from Borehamwood and a 26-year-old man from Islington, who were known to Miss Wynter, were arrested later on Tuesday. The 26-year-old was released without charge.
Miss Wynter, known to friends as Katie, had lived with her mother Joy Briscoe, 57, at a two-bedroom flat less than half a mile away from where she was killed.
Ms Briscoe said: "We are all devastated. We need to be left alone to grieve in peace."
The family said in a statement: "Katie was a quiet girl who enjoyed life. She was a loving auntie to her niece and nephew, who she was looking after on Boxing Day."
Next-door neighbour Else Baker, 76, said she had known the teenager since she was four, and had looked after her.
"I'm still in shock - I just cannot believe she has been murdered. It's unbearable to think of someone taking her life.
"She was an innocent, kind and clever little girl - she wasn't mixed up in the drug culture or anything like that.
"She went to church every Sunday and had grown up to be a beautiful and caring young woman.
School friend Ray Lok, 19, said: "She was a really kind person, always caring for people. She was just always there.
"She always helped me through my problems as well. I am just going to truly miss her now. Knowing that I will never see her again just doesn'tt seem right.
Detectives believe Miss Wynter was killed at some time between 7pm on St Stephen's Day and 8am on Tuesday when they were called to the mid-terrace property.
It is not known where Miss Wynter's sister had gone on Monday night, but police said she was staying elsewhere locally.
Friends of the teenager were reported to have been planning to take her to a Doctor Who exhibition to celebrate her 20th birthday.