Girl killed rival with steel comb, trial told
A 15-YEAR-old girl murdered a rival by plunging a steel comb into her head after accusing her of spreading gossip over the internet, a court heard yesterday.
Julie Sheriff (16) lay in a coma for four months before dying , the Old Bailey was told. She was stabbed in the left temple in broad daylight with an Afro comb after she and the 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, rowed about malicious gossip involving boys, said Jonathan Turner, prosecuting.
The girl denies murdering Julie, who died on September 21 last year after the attack in Battersea, south London. She had been visiting friends in the area and lived with her family in Hackney after moving to Britain in 2006 from Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The jury was shown a replica of the comb with a spiked metal handle. Mr Turner said a bystander told police he saw the girl take the comb from a handbag, allegedly striking Julie's collarbone before plunging it into her skull.
The accused claimed she had acted in self-defence after taking the comb from Julie. Mr Turner told the court the girls "actively disliked one another. There seems to have been a row brewing as a result of malicious gossip''.
The trial continues today.