Sunday 15 December 2019

Fifteen-year-old girl in court charged with murder of Katie (7)

Katie Rough was murdered Photo: North Yorkshire Police/PA
Katie Rough was murdered Photo: North Yorkshire Police/PA

Lyida Willgress

A teenager has appeared in court charged with murdering a seven-year-old girl whose mother broke down in tears as she tried in vain to save the life of her daughter found seriously injured on a playing field.

The 15-year-old girl has also been charged with the possession of an offensive weapon after the death of Katie Rough in the Woodthorpe area of York, England, on Monday.

She was remanded into secure accommodation when she appeared at York Magistrates' Court yesterday morning.

The teenager, who was flanked by two security guards and a youth offending team manager, stood in the centre of the glass-fronted dock and said nothing in the eight-minute hearing.

She stared straight forward as her solicitor answered questions about her name and address. The girl will appear before Leeds Crown Court tomorrow.

Katie's parents, Alison and Paul Rough, and grandparents were earlier pictured arriving at court.

The charges come after it emerged that Katie's mother broke down in tears as she tried to save her daughter's life.

Alison Rough (38) rushed to the scene - just under a kilometre-and-a-half away from her semi-detached house in Woodthorpe, York - and discovered her young daughter lying on a playing field after the attack.

One local resident said they had heard a knife had been involved.

"I heard the attacker had a knife, people had seen them with a knife and they used it on the girl," he said.

Others reported her suffering two stab wounds, possibly to the neck.

"Katie was a pretty, lively, angelic-looking little girl who loved to play out with her friends in front of their home," a neighbour of the couple said.

"She was a lovely, sweet, smiley little girl and the thought that this happened to her is heartbreaking, it's hard to believe." (© Daily Telegraph London)

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