Saturday 16 December 2017

Murdered girl (12) was stabbed and strangled

Pat Hurst in Manchester

A 12-year-old girl found murdered was strangled with a ligature and stabbed in the stomach, police said last night.

Tia Rigg died from strangulation and multiple stab injuries to her abdomen, post-mortem results revealed.

The girl was found dead at Dalmain Close, Cheetham Hill in Manchester after a 999 call around 3.45pm on Saturday.

A 37-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. Police have not commented on reports the suspect is her uncle.

He is still in custody being questioned by detectives. No one else is being sought in relation to the murder inquiry, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

A spokeswoman for GMP said: "A post-mortem has concluded that Tia Rigg died as a result of ligature strangulation and abdominal injuries."

Detective Superintendent Mary Doyle, who is leading the investigation, said: "She has suffered significant injuries and the suspect was arrested.

"There is evidence of some stab injuries and strangulation.

"Tia was a happy, normal, healthy, 12-year-old girl. She was in the flush of youth; it's an absolute tragedy."

Tia's parents are understood to be separated. Det Supt Doyle would not be drawn on the murder weapon used or who first raised the alarm.

Irish Independent

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