A 13-year-old girl took a photo of her 14-year-old best friend in the back of a police van and shared it on Snapchat only a few hours after they committed a “sustained and brutal” murder, a court has heard.
Angela Wrightson, 39, suffered more than 100 injuries after she was battered with a wooden stick, a TV set, a computer printer and a coffee table among other items, a jury was told.
She was found naked from the waist down on a sofa at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, in December, and forensic experts found shards of glass and gravel around her “private parts”, Teesside Crown Court heard. They also found ash in her right ear.
After the murder, Nicholas Campbell QC, prosecuting, said both girls, who were in local authority care, knew that police were looking for them as they had spent the night out. Having failed to get a taxi to collect them from the murder scene, they rang the police to take them home at gone 4am, the jury was told.
He told the jury that on the way back the younger defendant took a photo on her phone of the other girl in the police van and shared it on Snapchat. “Me and [names older girl] in the back of the bizzie van again,” was the message that went with it, the jury heard.
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A police officer in the van had heard the words “Snapchat” and “turn the flash on” and realised they were taking photographs so he told them to stop, the prosecution said.