Thursday 18 January 2018

Family of victim Katie Rough (7) arrive in court for hearing of girl (15) accused of murder

Girl (15) remanded in secure accommodation after she is charged with murder

The grandparents of Katie Rough outside York Magistrates Court where a teenager is due to appear charged with the murder of the seven-year-old who was found seriously injured on a playing field. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The grandparents of Katie Rough outside York Magistrates Court where a teenager is due to appear charged with the murder of the seven-year-old who was found seriously injured on a playing field. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The grandparents of Katie Rough outside York Magistrates Court where a teenager is due to appear charged with the murder of the seven-year-old who was found seriously injured on a playing field. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Katie Rough, a seven-year-old girl who died after sustaining serious injuries in an attack in York. Photo: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire
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A 15-year-old girl has been remanded into secure accommodation by York magistrates after being charged with the murder of seven-year-old Katie Rough.

The teenage girl has also been charged with the possession of an offensive weapon after the death of Katie Rough in the Woodthorpe area of York on Monday.

North Yorkshire Police said said the girl was due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning.

Katie, who was described as a "kind and thoughtful child", was found on a track after police were called to a nearby address.

Undated handout photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Katie Rough, a seven-year-old girl who died after sustaining serious injuries in an attack in York. Photo: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire
Undated handout photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Katie Rough, a seven-year-old girl who died after sustaining serious injuries in an attack in York. Photo: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire

Witnesses described how Katie's mother, named locally as Alison Rough, fell to her knees in the street, crying and pleading for help after her daughter was injured.

Rob McCartney (50) said he saw the young girl lying in the field near the quiet cul-de-sac and her mother running up the street "shouting for help".

The grandparents of Katie Rough outside York Magistrates Court where a teenager is due to appear charged with the murder of the seven-year-old who was found seriously injured on a playing field. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The grandparents of Katie Rough outside York Magistrates Court where a teenager is due to appear charged with the murder of the seven-year-old who was found seriously injured on a playing field. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

He said: "I spoke to her later, asked if she was OK and she said 'No, no, she's my little girl'."

Katie was taken to hospital where she died, police said.

Tracey Ralph, Katie's headteacher at Westfield Primary School, said her death was a "terrible loss".

"Katie was a kind and thoughtful child who was well liked by both pupils and staff," she added.

Police activity in the Woodthorpe area of York, where a teenager was arrested Monday after the death of a seven-year-old girl. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police activity in the Woodthorpe area of York, where a teenager was arrested Monday after the death of a seven-year-old girl. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The area where Katie was found, which is less than a mile from the family home, was cordoned off on Tuesday while forensic officers examined the scene and mourners laid flowers in the street.

One couple, believed to be the young girl's grandparents, left a bouquet with a card, which read: "Night, night my darling princess Katie, love Nana and Grandad."

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