Posted by Sarah Bushell | October 17, 2016
The teenage girl who at this time cannot be named appeared in court accused for the murder of Elizabeth Edwards aged 49 and her daughter Katie Edwards aged 13.
The mother and daughter were stabbed in the neck in their family home located in Spalding, England last April.
On the grounds of diminished responsibility, the teenage girl accused admitted to manslaughter but denied murdering the pair.
A boy aged 15 has admitted to the murder of both the mother and the daughter.
At the time of the killing the accused girl and boy were just 14 years of age.
The court heard that the girl accused did not take any physical role in the murder itself but had she 'said no it would never ever have happened.'
The prosecution alleges the girl 'is as guilty' as the boy who has already admitted to the murder.
Prosecutor Peter Joyce QC, in his closing speech at Nottingham Crown Court said this to jurors: 'This case, I would suggest, is outside any of your experiences and worst nightmares, but, as the old saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction.'
'Which of you could image that a 14-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy could plan over and over and over again to kill [these two women]?'
'You do not need to image it, it's true and it's completely unchallenged by this girl.'
He added that: '...You know what they planned, you know how they planned it and you know in awful detail how they carried it out.'
'But you also know who in fact is the driver behind these two.'
Defence barrier Andrew Stubbs QC closed by reminding the jurors that the girl was diagnosed as having adjustment disorder at the time the killings took place.
He added by pointing out her diary entry which read 'Help me. Death is the only way. Madness is in me.'
And the trial goes on.