Friday 23 August 2019

Schoolgirl obsessed with serial killers who stabbed friend to do something 'sensational' faces sentencing

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Ben Mitchell

A schoolgirl obsessed with serial killers and school shootings is to be sentenced for the attempted murder of the best friend she stabbed with a kitchen knife.

The 15-year-old was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of luring her friend to a quiet corner of the grounds of their Hampshire school on April 25 with the promise of giving her a present.

But after she asked her friend to close her eyes, the defendant, who was 14 at the time, pulled out the knife from her bag and lunged at her.

The friend escaped with a minor injury to her chest after opening her eyes at the moment she was being stabbed and pulled away.

The court heard that during the previous night, the defendant had researched fatal stab wounds to the heart.

The defendant admitted she had been fascinated with serial killers and had even produced a fashion GCSE project based on US killer Ted Bundy.

She had planned to slit the throats of her mother and brother while they slept and the court heard she had produced a journal, which she later burnt, with a plan for a school shooting which included a "kill list" of 60 people.

The defendant told the court that she had planned to do something "sensational" so that she would "stand out" from others and because she was not interested in having a nine-to-five life "mapped out" for her.

The trial also heard that on the night before, she had a cut a "Chelsea grin" on her face to emulate Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight movie as she intended to enter an "insanity plea" if she was arrested for a crime.

The defendant said that she had chosen her friend as her target because she felt "uneasy" about her after fake social media profiles were set up in her name the previous summer.

The victim denies any involvement.

The judge, Mr Justice Fraser, had adjourned the case for pre-sentence reports including a psychiatric report to be prepared on the defendant.

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