Two teenage girls accused of murdering a Hartlepool woman in her own home appeared before a crown court today.
The pair, aged 14 and 15, are charged with killing Angela Wrightson.
The 39-year-old’s body was found in her home in Stephen Street in the town in December.
A post-mortem examination found she had suffered substantial injuries and died as a result of blood loss.
The girls, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been due to enter pleas to the charge at Teesside Crown Court today.
However, Mr Justice Globe heard both are yet to sign their defence statements, with a psychiatrist’s report still to be completed in regards to the elder of the two girls.
He instructed barristers for the pair to ensure the documents are signed ahead of the next hearing, which is due to be held on the afternoon of Friday, June 19, at the same court.
A trial date of June 24 has been suggested.
The judge also made a direction that views over the size of the court where the trial will be held, where people will be seated, how they will be dressed and the timings of the hearings be given on that date.
Both girls were remanded in custody until their next date, which they will attend.
Mr Justice Globe told them: “Your lawyers are going to explain to you what’s happened.
“Your next date at this court will be June 19, when you will be back here in front of me.”