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Teenager Pleads Guilty To York Manslaughter
A 16-year-old girl has admitted the manslaughter of seven-year-old Katie Rough in York.
The girl appeared by video link at Leeds Crown Court where she pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
Katie was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field in York in January and died later in hospital.
UPDATED 16th February 2017
A teenager has denied murdering seven-year-old Katie Rough in York.
She was found with severe lacerations to her neck and chest on a playing field in York last month and died later in hospital.
A 15-year-old girl was arrested after Katie was found injured and charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon, a knife.
She appeared at Leeds Crown Court via video-link on Thursday, sitting next to her solicitor, who confirmed she had written "not guilty'' on the indictment in front of her.
The teenager, who cannot be named, did not speak during the 20-minute hearing and only nodded when she was asked by Judge Peter Collier QC if she understood the proceedings.
The girl wore a lilac top with the sleeves bunched up to her elbows and sat with her legs crossed as she listened to what was being said.
A dozen family members were in court and sat at the back, having been brought in through a rear door.
Judge Collier, the Recorder of Leeds, said the teenager's trial will take place on July 3rd.
There will be two further hearings before then.
He said she will remain in "local authority accommodation'' until the trial.
On Monday, hundreds of mourners donned rainbow-coloured accessories to celebrate Katie's life at her funeral in York Minster.
UPDATED 13th February 2017
A teenager's appeared in court over the murder of Katie Rough in York.
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.
Updated 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.
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