Teenager ac­cused of killing girl, 7, ap­pears in court

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A TEENAGER ac­cused of mur­der­ing a seven-year-old girl ear­lier this week has ap­peared be­fore a judge at crown court.

The 15-year-old girl, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, ap­peared via video link at Leeds Crown Court in con­nec­tion with the death of Katie Rough in York.

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

The teenager was ar­rested af­ter Katie was found in­jured, and charged with mur­der and pos­ses­sion of an of­fen­sive weapon – a knife.

The de­fen­dant, who ap­peared from a dif­fer­ent room 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 16.

Mem­bers of Katie’s fam­ily at­tended the hear­ing.

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

Ear­lier in the week, peo­ple liv­ing in the cul-de-sac next to where Katie was in­jured said her mother, Ali­son Rough, fell to her knees in the street, cry­ing and plead­ing for help when she ar­rived at the scene.

Tracey Ralph, head­teacher at West­field Pri­mary School where Katie was a pupil, paid tribute to the “kind and thought­ful child”.

KATIE ROUGH: Suf­fered se­vere wounds at a play­ing field.

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