Teenager sentenced to life for manslaughter of seven-year-old

|News, Violent crime , Youth crime

A 16-year-old girl has been sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility following the death of seven-year-old Katie Rough.

The teenager, who was 15 at the time of Katie's death and who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted the charge at an earlier hearing at Leeds Crown Court.

She was sentenced today, Friday 24 November, at the same court.

Katie was found with serious injuries to her throat and upper body in Woodthorpe, York on 9 January this year, and was pronounced dead later in hospital.

Elizabeth Jenkins from the CPS said: "This was an appalling crime which has caused Katie's family unimaginable grief.

"The defendant pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Katie on the grounds of diminished responsibility and we accepted that plea after very careful consideration of the psychiatric reports.

"The defendant has today been sentenced to life with a minimum detention period of five years. Our thoughts remain with Katie's family as they have been throughout."

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