Teenager watched as co-accused kicked Angela Wrightson and stubbed cigarette on her ear, court told

Angela Wrightson.
Angela Wrightson.

One of the girls alleged to have murdered Angela Wrightson told a court how she watched as her co-accused kicked the victim in the head and and later stubbed a cigarette end out on her body on the night she was killed.

Ms Wrightson's body was discovered by her landlord in the blood-spattered living room of her Stephen Street home.

The frail and vulnerable alcoholic, who was 39, had suffered more than 100 different injuries and had been beaten with a television, shovel, a vase and a printer among other items, a court has heard.

The younger defendant, now aged 14, has continued to give evidence via videolink at her trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Under questioning from her defence barrister John Elvidge QC, the younger girl said that an argument between Ms Wrightson and the older defendant began when the victim made a comment about the older girl's family.

The girl told the hearing it was then that her co-accused hit Ms Wrightson over the head with a wicker table while she was sitting on a green couch in the room.

Asked how many times the girl hit the victim with the table, she replied: "More than once."

The girl then said the older defendant began assaulting Ms Wrightson.

"(Older girl) started kicking her," said the younger girl, adding that it was "in the face".

The girl said her co-accused then took a mirror from the wall of the living room and started to hit Ms Wrightson "with the edge of it".

Mr Elvidge then asked: "Did you egg (older girl) on to do what she did to Angela?" to which the girl replied: "No".

He then asked her: "Did you want Angela to be harmed?" and again she said: "No".

The girl also said she came to have Ms Wrightson's blood on her hands when she tried to move her co-accused's foot out of the way of the victim as she was assaulting her.

"When I was sat on the couch and Angela was on the floor and (older defendant) was kicking her I bent over them," said the girl.

"I was trying to move (older defendant's) leg out of the way."

The younger defendant then said she "wiped" the blood on her jeans.

The girls left Ms Wrightson's home to meet up with a teenage boy they knew before returning to the house in the early hours of the following morning.

The younger girl told the hearing that Ms Wrightson was sitting on a different couch to when her and the other girl had left her and that the victim began swearing at them both after they re-entered the property.

Mr Elvidge then asked: "Did you care about what happened to Angie?"

The girl said: "At the time I didn't really think about what had gone on.

"Did you think Angie might die?," Mr Elvidge asked. "No," said the girl.

During the second visit the younger defendant said her co-accused hit Ms Wrightson again with the table, before adding that the girl "kicked her and put a tab end out on her ear".

The girl denied doing any harm to Ms Wrightson, who weighed little more than 6st at the time of her death, during the second visit.

The girl said she gone back to the house because she had "nowhere to go" and needed to charge her phone.

She admitted using her own phone to call police at about 4am so that her and her friend could get a lift home and once in the back of a police van she took a picture on the Snapchat app of her co-accused.

The pair were arrested the next day and subsequently charged.

Finishing his questioning of his client, Mr Elvidge asked the girl:

"Did you attack Angie? Did you want to kill Angie? Did you want (older girl) to hurt Angie very badly?"

The younger defendant replied: "No," to all three questions.

Both girls, who were 13 and 14 at the time of the killing and cannot be named for legal reasons, deny murder.

Both admit being present during the time the attack on Ms Wrightson took place, but the younger defendant denies taking part in any physical assault on her.

The older girl pleads guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. The trial continues.