THE mother of one of two teenage girls accused of killing Hartlepool woman Angela Wrightson wept today as they appeared in court charged with murder.
The girls, aged 13 and 14, are charged with killing Angela, 39, whose body was discovered at her home in Stephen Street on Tuesday morning.
A post-mortem examination found she died as a result of blood loss and had suffered substantial injuries.
The younger defendant appeared before Teesside Youth Court in Middlesbrough watched by her parents, who sat at the back of the courtroom.
The girl’s mother cried as she was brought into court in handcuffs, which were removed for the brief hearing. A security officer sat next to her.
District Judge Martin Walker told the girl, who was wearing a fluffy jumper and black leggings, she would be held in secure accommodation.
The 14-year-old was escorted separately into the warm courtroom in tears and wiped her eyes with a tissue. Her father was in court for the hearing.
She wore grey tracksuit bottoms and a hoodie, and was also in handcuffs, flanked by a guard.
The judge said she would also be held in secure accommodation.
Both girls confirmed their names, addresses and dates of birth but did not say anything else.
No pleas were entered on their behalf and no details about the alleged offence were read out.
The judge ordered that nothing should be published which could identify either of the defendants.
Both girls will next appear before Teesside Crown Court this afternoon.