Spalding murders: Boy pleads guilty to mum and daughter killing – BBC News

Spalding murders: Boy pleads guilty to mum and daughter killing – BBC News

Image caption Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter Katie, 13, were found dead in April

A mother and daughter were stabbed to death in their beds by two teenagers in a “cold, calculated and callous” killing, a court has heard.

Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie were found dead at their Lincolnshire home in April.

A jury has been told the pair, of Dawson Avenue, Spalding, were murdered by a boy and girl aged 14 at the time.

At Nottingham Crown Court the boy, now 15, pleaded guilty to their murders. The girl, aged 15, denies murder.

She has admitted killing them but has claimed diminished responsibility, the prosecution said.

Neither of the teenagers can be named because of their ages.

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Opening the case, prosecutor Peter Joyce QC said the mother and daughter had been stabbed in the throat by the teenage boy after he and the girl plotted to kill them.

He said: “There is no doubt that [the girl] was as responsible for the killings as [the boy] since she has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but she is saying as her defence to murder that her responsibility for the killings was lessened or diminished by her mental state.”

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Image caption Floral tributes were laid outside the property where the bodies of the mother and daughter were found

He said the prosecution case was that she would “not succeed in proving that her responsibility was diminished”.

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The court heard the killings took place on the night of 13 April.

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Mr Joyce said the boy stabbed Mrs Edwards eight times, including three times in the throat, injuring her jugular vein and almost completely cutting through her windpipe.

He said the boy then stabbed Katie twice in the neck before smothering her with a pillow.

The court heard that after the killings the teenagers took a bath together before later watching Twilight films.

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Image caption The bodies of Elizabeth Edwards and 13-year-old Katie were found in April

Mr Joyce said it had originally been intended the boy would kill Mrs Edwards and the girl would kill Katie Edwards.

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Jurors were told the knife used to stab both victims was discovered on a table in Katie’s bedroom.

In her police interview, the girl told detectives the plan had been for her and the boy to take their own lives after the killings.

Mr Joyce said: “The prosecution case is that this girl together with the boy planned and carried out the cold, calculated and callous killings.

“Afterwards there has not been a hint of remorse and the prosecution case is that she is as guilty as the boy of the murders.”

The case continues.

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