Teenager In Court Over York Murder

A teenager accused of murdering seven-year-old Katie Rough in York has appeared before a judge at Leeds Crown Court

The 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared via video-link.

The defendant, wearing a purple sweatshirt and black trousers, sat with a solicitor and did not speak during the five-minute hearing.

The solicitor confirmed her name when asked by the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC.

There was no application for bail and she was remanded into youth detention accommodation.

She will appear before the same court for a pre-trial preparation hearing on February 16th.

Members of Katie's family attended the hearing and sat on the jury bench to listen to the proceedings.

Judge Collier and the barristers involved did not wear gowns and wigs due to the defendant's young age.

Katie was found with severe injuries to her neck and chest on a playing field in York on Monday and died later in hospital.

The teenager was arrested after Katie was found injured and charged with murder and possession of a knife.


Updated 11th January 2017

A teenager has been charged after the death of a seven-year-old girl in York.

A 15-year-old girl has been remanded into secure accommodation after appearing in court charged with the murder of a seven-year-old in York.

Katie Rough died on Monday.

The teenager is also charged with possessing an offensive weapon.

She's due before Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

Tuesday 10th January

Officers are questioning a 15-year-old girl after officers were called to an address on Alness Drive in the Woodthorpe area, and found the victim nearby with life-threatening injuries.

The girl was taken to hospital but died a short time later, North Yorkshire Police said.

A force spokesman said:
"Police were called shortly after 4.30pm on Monday 9 January to an address in Alness Drive in York.

"Officers attended and, upon visiting a scene nearby, they found a seven-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries.

"An ambulance attended and the girl was taken to York District Hospital, where she sadly died a short time later.

"A 15-year-old girl has been arrested in connection with the incident. She remains in police custody for questioning.

"Officers remain at the scene while the investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death of the girl continues."

A grass track leading from the quiet cul-de-sac to a playing field was cordoned off.

A white tent could be seen beyond the cordon.

A single police van was parked on the driveway of a house neighbouring the track to the field.

York Katie Rough Murder

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