Two British teens, aged 13 and 14, are currently on trial for the brutal murder of 39-year-old Angela Wrightson of Hartlepool, County Durham, who was found dead in her home with “blood and broken furniture all over the living room.” According to the NY Daily News, on December 7, 2014, at approximately 7:15 p.m., two teen girls allegedly let themselves into Wrightson’s home and attacked her two hours later.
It was determined that Wrightson was attacked around 9 p.m., after she was seen alive but battered in a Snapchat photo posted by the girls. However, what led up to the alleged five-hour attack remains a mystery. Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell stated that it was evident Wrightson was a victim of an attack as she sustained well over 100 injuries to her body. “The evidence at the scene of the crime showed she had been assaulted in 12 different locations within that room,” and it was also determined that she tried to fight back.
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The two teens, whose name has been withheld, were later arrested in connection to the murder, and are currently on trial at Leeds Crown Court, where the teens admitted to being present during the time of the murder, but say they had no involvement. However, according to the Daily Mail, the teen girls called a friend via Facebook who heard the younger teen say to the other, “‘Go on [name of older girl]. Smash her head in. Bray her. F****** kill her,'” as the other girl laughed in the background.”
At approximately 11 p.m., the two British teens left Wrightson’s home and met up with their friend, who asked why they were covered in blood. Initially, they told their friend that they fell while listening to “rap and high music,” but one of the teens later mentioned “slicing her face and booting her all over,” and that she had “done all the work while the younger girl was smoking a tab.”
The teens also told their friend that they needed to return to Wrightson’s home to make sure she was dead, but Campbell stated in court that “It’s not known whether they went back to continue the violence or whether Angela Wrightson was indeed already dead when they got there.”
“Before they left for a final time further indignities had been heaped on Angela Wrightson when she had been in no position to stop them.”
After the teens allegedly murdered Wrightson, they “decided to bring their activities to an end” at around 4 a.m. and call a taxi to take them home. When the taxi never arrived, they phoned police officials because according to a report, they said it was “f******* freezing” and they were desperate to get home.
Although the teens claimed they weren’t involved in the murder of Angela Wrightson, who police officials say was a “frail and vulnerable woman,” there were witnesses who claimed the teens confided in them and admitted to the murder. It was reported that the older teen admitted to stomping the victim in the head several times and striking her with several objects in her home, including a “wooden stick, TV set, computer printer, and a coffee table.”
However, the older teen reportedly said that although she attacked the woman, she didn’t mean to cause serious injuries. Witnesses say the younger teen said that she was present while the older teen tortured Wrightson to death, but did not “encourage her co-accused in any way.”
Another witness told police officials that the older teen asked an adult, “How do you think it feels to kill someone? Do you think you feel empty? Do you think you would feel bad?” The teen allegedly went on to say that she will most likely end up in Low Newton prison, but it would do her some good as she said she “would have her own room and a television and a PlayStation.”
The trial is currently underway, and it is expected to last a little over a month.
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