Teenage girls sentenced to minimum 15 years for brutal murder of Angela Wrightson

Two schoolgirls must serve a minimum of 15 years after brutally battering Angela Wrightson to death.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 12:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th April 2016, 1:31 pm
Angela Wrightson

The 39-year-old woman was battered in her own home with weapons including a shovel, a TV, a coffee table and a stick laced with screws, leaving her withmore than 100 injuries on her body following her five hour long ordeal at the hands of the girls, who were 13 and 14 at the time.

During the attack, the pair took selfies of themselves and even posted a picture on social media taken in the police van after the incident.

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Sentencing the pair, Mr Justice Globe said: "It was an attack that included gratuitous degradation."

The judge said the teenagers acted in tandem in "a cowardly attack".

He said: "This was a sustained attack over a long period of time carried out with weapons in many different ways.

"She undoubtedly suffered considerably, both mentally and physically, before she ultimately lost consciousness and died.

"Her alcoholic state, considerable though it was, may have numbed the pain but I stress the word may and it most certainly would not have taken it away."

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